NOTE: The town hall event will also air on KWWL 7.1. The U.S. Senate debate hosted by KWWL will be airing Thursday night from 6:30-8 on The CW 7.2. You can also watch the senate debate online here.
NEW YORK (AP/NBC) — NBC News will host President Donald Trump for a town hall-styled event on Thursday, after the president submitted to a coronavirus test administered by the National Institutes of Health.
The results were reviewed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, who concluded with a colleague that he was confident that the president was no longer “shedding infectious virus.”
"Today" anchor Savannah Guthrie will moderate the one-hour outdoor event at an art museum in Miami.
In a message Thursday morning, Guthrie said they will be joined by a group of local voters who will get the chance to ask the president about the key issues that will impact their vote.
The audience will be socially distanced and required to wear masks. Both Guthrie and the president will be at least 12 feet apart from both each other and the audience.
So now there will be dueling town halls with Democratic opponent Joe Biden on the night both men were supposed to be meeting in their second presidential debate. Biden will be appearing in a town hall sponsored by ABC News at the same time as Trump on Thursday.
Trump backed out of plans for the originally scheduled presidential faceoff after debate organizers shifted the format to a virtual event following Trump's coronavirus diagnosis.
NBC’s decision to host their event the same time as ABC's received a strong backlash on social media, where a call to boycott the network trended on Twitter.
In response, the Chairman of NBCU News Group gave this statement:
"We share in the frustration that our event will initially air alongside the first half of ABC’s broadcast with Vice President Biden. Our decision is motivated only by fairness, not business considerations. We aired a town hall with Vice President Biden on October 5 at 8pm. If we were to move our town hall with President Trump to a later timeslot we would be violating our commitment to offer both campaigns access to the same audience and the same forum. We hope voters will watch both discussions – ours will be available at any time, free and on-demand on YouTube, Peacock and all our digital news platforms."Cesar Conde
Chairman, NBCU News Group