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Trump, Biden to participate in competing town halls on Thursday after cancellation of second debate

Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. (Getty Photos)

(CNN) — President Donald Trump will participate in a town hall with NBC News on Thursday night, the network announced.

The event, scheduled for 8 p.m. ET in Miami, will compete with an ABC town hall featuring Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Trump and Biden were originally scheduled to participate in the second presidential debate Thursday night, but the event was eventually canceled after Trump objected to the virtual format announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates in light of Trump’s positive coronavirus diagnosis.

“The event is set to take place outdoors and in accordance with the guidelines set forth by health officials, also consistent with all government regulations,” Hoda Kotb said on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday.

National Institutes of Health Clinical Director Clifford Lane said in a statement to NBC News that they have concluded, via PCR test analysis, “with a high degree of confidence” that Trump is “not shedding infectious virus.”

The event will be moderated by Savannah Guthrie, who will sit 12 feet from the President. Attendees will be required to wear face masks.

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CNN earlier reported that Trump’s team was in talks with NBC about a town hall on the condition that Trump tested negative for coronavirus.

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