The TV duel before the election took place on September 29th. On October 2, the White House announced that Trump had contracted the coronavirus. According to Meadows, a test three days before the debate was positive, which would have meant exclusion.
Trump had “nothing” to stop the performance and shortly afterwards presented a negative result from another test.
According to Meadows, Trump is said to have looked a bit sore in the days leading up to the debate. But he stuck to his public appointments. Even immediately before his combative appearance in the TV duel with Biden, Trump Meadows is said to have looked a bit weakened.