Frank Fahrenkopf, who co-chairs the Commission on Presidential Debates, said Friday that staff were “very, very upset” that they ended up on the same debate stage as President Trump on Sept. 29 and that some are fearing for the health of their families.
Mr. Fahrenkopf was explaining the commission’s decision to switch to a virtual format for the Oct. 15 debate — an event that appears to be off for now after Mr. Trump rejected the new rules.
He said CPD crew like camera operators and lighting technicians were “very, very upset” that they ended up on the same stage as the president in Cleveland, Ohio.
“He wasn’t wearing a mask. They’re upset. They’re concerned about their families,” Mr. Fahrenkopf told host Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Radio.
Mr. Trump announced early on Oct. 2 that he tested positive for the coronavirus, several days after he and Joseph R. Biden debated in person in Cleveland on Sept. 29.Mr. Fahrenkopf