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President Donald Trump on Sunday said is "strongly demanding" the Democratic nominee Joe Biden take a drug test ahead of this week's first presidential debate. "I will be strongly demanding a Drug Test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the Debate on Tuesday night," Trump tweeted Sunday. "Naturally, I will agree to take one also. His Debate performances have been record setting UNEVEN, to put it mildly. Only drugs could have caused this discrepancy???" The Biden campaign did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment on Sunday. The president has previously accused the former vice president of taking performance-enhancing drugs. In an interview with Fox News earlier in September, Trump also offered similar unfounded speculation that Biden had taken drugs to improve his performance at the Democratic Party's primary debates. "I think there's probably – possibly – drugs involved," Trump told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro. "That's what I hear. I mean, there's possibly drugs. I don't know how you can go from being so bad where you can't even get out a sentence. "You saw some of those debates with a large number of people on the stage," Trump added. "He was, I mean, I used to say, 'How is it possible that he can go forward?'" In an August interview with the Washington Examiner, Trump likewise suggested — without evidence — that Biden's debate performance was influenced by drugs and that he would require Biden take a drug test prior to the first debate. "Nobody thought that he was even going to win," Trump told the conservative news outlet. "Because his debate performances were so bad. Frankly, his best performance was against Bernie. We're going to call for a drug test, by the way, because his best performance was against Bernie." He added: "It wasn't that he was Winston Churchill because he wasn't, but it was a normal, boring debate. You know, nothing amazing happened. And we are going to call for a drug test because there's no way — you can't do that." In 2016, Trump made similar accusations against then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, also suggesting both he and Clinton take a drug test ahead of the final debate before the 2016 election. Expanded Coverage Module: insider-voter-guideJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet
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Trump's campaign is despondent as he keeps reusing strategies which worked against Hillary Clinton but aren't landing on Joe Biden, reports say
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Photos from the Trump-Biden debate show just how close America was to having 2 infected presidential candidates
Summary List Placement President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he and First Lady Melania Trump...Summary List Placement President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19, just days after he participated in an in-person debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio. Photos from the debate show Trump and Biden maintained their distance throughout the event — but Melania Trump was pictured walking close the former vice president on stage while not wearing a mask, and that coupled with the risk of transmission during indoor events, reveals just how close the US came to having two presidential candidates contract COVID-19. The Cleveland Clinic, which worked as a health adviser for the Commission on Presidential Debates during the event, told Insider that it put multiple safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the debate, and confirmed everyone attending had tested negative prior to entry. "Individuals traveling with both candidates, including the candidates themselves, had been tested and tested negative by their respective campaigns," the Cleveland Clinic said. "Based on what we know about the virus and the safety measures we had in place, we believe there is low risk of exposure to our guests." Debate moderator Chris Wallace said on Fox News on Friday that there was an "honor system" for candidates to confirm they were tested for COVID-19, though that has not been confirmed by the Cleveland Clinic. While the Cleveland Clinic said there was "low risk of exposure" to the virus at the debate, the risk of exposure wasn't zero. It's unclear exactly when or how the Trumps contracted COVID-19. It can take four to five days between exposure and symptoms to start, and top White House aide Hope Hicks — who had been in close contact with the president — announced she was positive hours before the president announced his diagnosis. The World Health Organization said that being indoors can allow the virus to linger in the air through small particles called aerosols, and research suggests that loud talking can propel particles even further. Biden and Trump spoke loudly throughout the debate and there's a chance Biden could have been exposed to COVID-19 if the president and First Lady had already contracted the virus prior to the event — and medical experts told Business Insider it was likely they did. As for Melania Trump walking closely to Biden, it's unclear exactly how far Biden's podium was from the steps Melania Trump walked up to get on stage, but Insider estimates between five and 10 feet. Neither the Huntington Convention Center, where the event was held, nor Commission on Presidential Debates immediately responded to Insider's requests for further information. Business Insider reporter Anna Medaris Miller reported that Biden will likely have to take another COVID-19 test, since it's only been two days since he shared the debate stage with Trump. Amesh Adalja, a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, told Business Insider that more details need to be known before it's determined if Biden was exposed or not. "Knowing the timeline of the president's last negative test ad when he became symptomatic and when the positive test was resulted — knowing that timeline is the only way you can really determine whether or not Joe Biden was a significant exposure," he told Insider.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet
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