Trump arrived too late to be tested before debate -- so host relied on 'honor system': report

Trump arrived too late to be tested before debate -- so host relied on 'honor system': report
Screenshot from First Presidential Debate
‘Classic projection’: Mary Trump says the president was triggered when Biden called his policy ‘not smart’
Frontpage news and politics

President Donald Trump was not tested for coronavirus before entering the facility where he spent approximately two hours, including the 90-minute debate with former vice president Joe Biden.

Fox News anchors Bill Hemmer and Chris Wallace revealed an extraordinary breakdown in security, potentially putting Joe Biden and everyone else at risk.

"The clinic had a rule you wear a mask inside," Hemmer explained, according to a trranscript posted by The Daily Beast's Andrew Kirell. "That was stated clearly. If you look at the statement today, I'll read a key line: 'Individuals traveling with both candidates including the candidates themselves had been tested and tested negative by their respective campaigns.' They weren't tested by the Clinic based on the statement, Chris, and to me that sounds like an honor system."

"Well, they couldn't be tested by the Clinic," Wallace replied, referring to the Cleveland Clinic, which hosted the debate.

"You were tested. I was tested," said Hemmer.

"I understand that, Bill, but the difference was I arrived on Sunday, you arrived on Monday. They didn't arrive until Tuesday afternoon. So for them to get tested, there wouldn't have been enough time to have the test, and have the debate at nine o'clock that night," Wallace continued.

"They didn't show up until 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 in the afternoon. Yeah, there was an honor system when it came to the people that came into the hall from the two campaigns."

Inside the debate hall all attendees except participants were required to wear masks throughout the debate. Everyone on the Biden side did, almost everyone on the Trump side did not. The Cleveland Clinic reportedly asked but the Trump camp ignored the requests.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}
@2023 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by