Trump Town Hall Live: Latest updates as Savannah Guthrie interviews President and Biden hosts rival election event

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US President Donald Trump in Iowa Wednesday
Donald Trump and Joe Biden began their dueling appearances for mayor in what should have been the night of the second presidential debate.

Trump appears on NBC at the same time as Biden appears on ABC after the Commission on Presidential Debates unilaterally changed the format to a virtual town hall due to the president’s Covid diagnosis, with the two campaigns unable to reach an agreement to go from the front.

The same day presidential candidates were due to face off, future moderator Steve Scully was suspended by his employer C-Span after seeking advice from an anti-Trump activist and lying face-to-face about it.

Instead, Savannah Guthrie, co-host of NBC News’ “Today” show, greets Trump’s town hall while ABC News chief presenter George Stephanopoulos greets Biden.

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Next question for Biden is about the Supreme Court

Should we provide guarantees to the Supreme Court and what would it say to LGBT + Americans who are concerned about the future directions of the court?

Biden highlights his LGBT + credentials and acknowledges that they should be concerned about the addition of other conservative justice. It then revolves around the issue of health care and the threat of the Affordable Care Act.

Biden says it’s inconsistent to put someone on the court in an election with so many people having already voted.

Stephanopoulos wonders about the packaging of the court.

Biden says he’s not a fan of the judicial wrapper, but there are other options, including changing term limits. Said he will come out with a clear answer before Election Day based on confirmation from ACB.

Oliver O’ConnellOctober 16, 2020 1:51 AM

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Trump is back and talks about Scottish choice

RGB said it best, Trump says, citing her during Obama’s last year, when he was barred from getting the Democrat’s choice to have a president elected for four years, and not three.

“I have great respect for Judge Ginsberg,” Trump said.

“The whole ball game changed when I saw the way they treated justice [Brett] Kavanaugh, ”he added. “No one has ever been so mistreated as they are today, Judge Kavanaugh.

Justin vallejoOctober 16, 2020 1:50 AM

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Red v Blue, the scenography of Trump and Biden adapts

Former Democratic Presidential Vice President Joe Biden takes a break before a town hall begins with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 15, 2020 (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster )(AP)

Justin vallejoOctober 16, 2020 01:47

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As Trump’s town hall takes a commercial break, here’s a look at his staging

US President Donald Trump participates in an hour-long live NBC News Town Hall forum with a group of voters from Florida in Miami, Florida, United States, October 15, 2020. REUTERS / Carlos Barria(REUTERS)

Justin vallejoOctober 16, 2020 1:46 AM

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“I don’t owe any of these sinister people money,” says Trump

Continuing to dodge questions about his finances, Trump says New York Times reporters should go to jail if they have his tax returns. But if they did, they were wrong.

“If they have my tax returns, as you know they have to go to jail, it’s illegal. But their numbers are wrong, ”says Trump.

“I don’t owe any of these sinister people any money. This has been going on for years, Russia Russia Russia. “

Justin vallejoOctober 16, 2020 01:44

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Asked by Stephanopoulos on how to reform law enforcement, he says he wants to seat all interested parties and communities in the White House and discuss what needs to be done.

He wants to change the way police problems are solved at the local level and take them out of the same jurisdiction.

Recognizes the challenges police face in dealing with mental health issues on call.

Said that they should not be postponed but that the government should impose what should be done within the police force and demand full transparency.

Oliver O’ConnellOctober 16, 2020 01:44

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Trump taxes: to whom does the president owe $ 421 million in debt when due?

Asked about Le New York Times filing his tax returns, Trump danced around the question of who he owes money to, without denying the report.

“What they did is illegal, number one, so the numbers are all wrong,” says Trump

“No, I don’t owe Russia any money. I owe very, very little, they’re called mortgages… ”he added before being cut.

“First, it’s’ a very small amount of money… it’s a very small percentage of what I’m worth. I am deeply in debt. ”

Justin vallejoOctober 16, 2020 01:42

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Biden asked what he thought of the 1994 Crime Bill

The author of the question refers to the unfair treatment of minorities by the bill.

Biden divides the different elements of the bill by saying what he did and what he didn’t approve of and acknowledges the issues and how they came about. Said it was a mistake to support the crime bill, but support was unanimous at the time and included the Violence Against Women Act.

Wants to change the system from punishment to drug rehabilitation – “I don’t think anyone should go to jail for drug use.”

Oliver O’ConnellOctober 16, 2020 1:38 AM

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“We’re negotiating, okay,” Trump says of Covid second stimulus package

Joe White, a registered Democrat leaning towards Joe Biden, asks why Trump hasn’t done more to secure Covid’s second relief payment.

“The problem you have is Nancy Pelosi, she doesn’t care less about people,” Trump says.

“Have you ever heard a word negotiate?” We’re negotiating, okay? He continued.

Justin vallejoOctober 16, 2020 01:37

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What is the plan to make health care affordable?

Get rid of Obamacare, says Trump.

“The problem with Obamacare is that it’s not good, we would like to end it, we would like much cheaper health care, which is much better health care,” Trump says.

Justin vallejoOctober 16, 2020 01:33

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