President Donald Trump on Thursday pulled out of next week’s presidential debate after organizers decided to go virtual due to his bout with Covid-19, throwing the US election into new turmoil with only 26 days to go.
Confusion reigned over the calendar of debates — usually a set piece series of three that rival candidates arrange well in advance.
After back and forth between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden’s campaign, it appeared likely that only two debates will take place in total, with the next being October 22 and the one scheduled for Miami on October 15 now scrapped.
The upheaval, which began when Trump rejected the debate commission’s decision to go online over fears of his recent coronavirus infection, reflected wider discord in the bitter last stretch to election day on November 3.
With Biden surging in opinion polls and able to travel — Arizona being his latest campaign