Chris Wallace says Trump family actually didn't get tested before debate

The Trump family.
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Fox News' Chris Wallace has suggested the Trump family put everyone at Tuesday's debate at risk of catching the coronavirus.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump announced early Friday they both tested positive for COVID-19, just days after they appeared at the first presidential debate. Both viewers and participants in the debate were required to be tested for COVID-19 before coming in, but as Wallace described Friday on Fox News, the Trump family may have found a workaround.

While talking with Wallace, fellow host Bill Hemmer discussed a Friday statement from the Cleveland Clinic that said "the candidates themselves ... had been tested and tested negative by their respective campaigns." "They weren't tested by the clinic based on that statement, Chris, and to me, that sounds like an honor system," Hemmer said. "Well, they couldn't be tested by the clinic," Wallace responded, explaining how he and Hemmer had arrived early enough to be tested, but the Trump family "didn't show up until 3, 4, 5 in the afternoon" on the day of the debate. "Yeah, there was an honor system" when it came to the two campaigns' people, Wallace finished.

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Trump reportedly began showing symptoms of COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon at a fundraising event in New Jersey. He has been fatigued all day, while Melania Trump has a headache and light cough, the White House physician said.

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Kathryn Krawczyk

Kathryn is a graduate of Syracuse University, with degrees in magazine journalism and information technology, along with hours to earn another degree after working at SU's independent paper The Daily Orange. She's currently recovering from a horse addiction while living in New York City, and likes to share her extremely dry sense of humor on Twitter.