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President Trump Tells Maria Bartiromo He Won’t Participate in Virtual Presidential Debate

The decision to debate virtually comes days after the president was diagnosed with COVID-19. Trump was treated at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland last week.

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President Donald Trump will not participate in the next debate after it was announced that it would be held virtually. The debate was set to take place on October 15 in Miami, Florida. 

Trump made the comments to Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo.

Trump said the commission changed the debate format and that it was not acceptable to him. “I’m not going to waste my time at virtual debate.” 

The decision to debate virtually comes days after the president was diagnosed with COVID-19. Trump was treated at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland last week. 

Trump’s doctor said that he has had no symptoms for more than 24 hours and has been fever-free for more than four days. 

“They’re trying to protect Biden,” Trump said. “Everybody is.” He called sitting at a computer to debate “ridiculous.” The president said he would hold a rally instead.

Following the announcement by the Commission on Presidential Debates the Biden campaign this statement. 

“Vice President Biden looks forward to speaking directly to the American people and comparing his plan for bringing the country together and building back better with Donald Trump’s failed leadership on the coronavirus that has thrown the strong economy he inherited into the worst downturn since the Great Depression,” said Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield.

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Ryan Kadro Reportedly Named CNN’s SVP of Content, Strategy

In his new position, Kadro will help overhaul CNN’s morning news program.

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CNN CEO Chris Licht reunited with a former colleague to help him steer the ship at the cable news channel. 

TheWrap reports that Ryan Kadro, formerly the executive producer for “CBS This Morning,” is CNN’s new senior vice president of content, strategy, and development.

Kadro is a former deputy to Licht and took over as executive producer of “CBS This Morning” after the CNN boss departed to work on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Before joining the cable news channel, Kadro was most recently the chief content officer of The Recount, a digital political news site, and left that position in May.

In his new position, Kadro will help overhaul CNN’s morning news program. He will also help brainstorm new programming for the cabler and report to Amy Entelis, executive VP of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide. 

The hiring of Kadro coincides with the exiting of “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter after his show was canceled on Thursday. Licht is moving the network in a different direction and bringing in people who steer the company to be more bipartisan. 

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Dan Bongino: You’re In Trouble If the Teleprompter Goes Down

During a segment on his nationally syndicated radio show Thursday, Bongino expressed empathy for the newly minted MSNBC host Alex Wagner.

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When it comes to politics, Dan Bongino and Alex Wagner are on opposite ends of the spectrum. But during a segment on his nationally syndicated radio show Thursday, Bongino expressed empathy for the newly minted MSNBC host. 

“Your worst nightmare on TV is the teleprompter going down,” Bongino said. “It’s why on my show “Unfiltered” I try to, as often as I can, not use the prompter. But if the prompter does go down in mid-sentence folks, you’re in a lot of trouble.” 

Wagner’s show debuted on Tuesday, the technical glitch that caught Bongino’s attention occurred just seconds into the show. 

“Tonight, the FBI warrant to search Mar-a-Lago is unsealed. The three potential crimes laid out in that document. We’ll dive into what it means and what could happen,” she said before pausing awkwardly while the cameras rolled. 

“I’m serious, I can’t stand their content over there, I Maddow was a hack, she (Wagner) is probably not going to be any better, but I genuinely feel bad,” he said. 

Bongino admitted that the most challenging job in live television is navigating a teleprompter. 

Wagner eventually acknowledged the technical snafu adding, “we hope the rest of the night will be smooth sailing, America, but this is live TV, and it has its charms.”

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Richard Engel’s Son Dies After Battling Rett Syndrome

Engel said his son was “always surrounded him with love, and he returned it, and so much more.”

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NBC News foreign correspondent Richard Engel shared on social media that his 6-year-old son passed away. Henry was diagnosed with a rare genetic neurological disorder called Rett Syndrome nearly seven years ago, 

Engel said his son was “always surrounded him with love, and he returned it, and so much more.”

 “Researchers are making amazing progress using Henry’s cells to help cure RETT Syndrome, so others don’t have to endure this terrible disease,” Engel added on Thursday, sharing a link where donors could support research at the Texas Children’s Hospital.

According to Fox News, Engel, 6, began to miss critical developmental milestones. Their doctor later informed them after a genetic scan that he had the disorder due to a mutation in his MECEP2 gene. Unfortunately, his condition took a turn for the worse two months ago.

“Henry was special in so many ways,” Dr. Huda Zoghbi wrote on a donor site. “His loving and endearing smile, and the way he connected with his eyes, stole my heart from the time I met him.

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