US Presidential Elections 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: US President Donald Trump will accept the results of the election if it is free and fair, his press secretary said on Thursday, amidst a raging controversy on the president not committing himself to a peaceful transition of power in the case of a defeat in the November 3 polls. “The president will accept the results of a free and fair election. But I think that your question is more fitting to be asked of Democrats, who have already been on the record saying they will not accept the results of an election,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at her news conference.
Meanwhile, a Virginia health official is warning of a “severe public health threat” if a planned campaign rally for President Donald Trump goes forward Friday evening. Dr Natasha Dwamena, a Department of Public Health district director, said in a letter Thursday that the 4,000 people expected to attend Trump’s rally at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport would be breaking Governor Ralph Northam’s executive order generally banning gatherings of more than 250 people. She said the rally should be cancelled, rescheduled or scaled down to comply with the governor’s order.
Also, Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden have clashed on the coronavirus pandemic, both putting forward their plans to bring America out of the worst health crisis if voted to power. The US is the worst-affected country from the pandemic with over 200,000 Americans losing their lives to the disease. The virus has also battered the country’s economy with millions of people losing their jobs. Trump, a Republican, and Biden are pitted against each other for the November 3 presidential election.