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A Week Overview: Trump's Taxes, Presidential Debate, Positive Coronavirus Test


The events of this past week have repeatedly reshaped the upcoming presidential election.


PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I stand before you today to fulfill one of my highest and most important duties under the United States Constitution - the nomination of a Supreme Court justice.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #1: OK, back to our top story now - President Trump's federal income taxes.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #2: ...His tax returns. A New York Times investigation says Trump paid only $750...

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #1: Seven hundred and fifty dollars in income tax his first year in office.

CHRIS WALLACE: I'm Chris Wallace of Fox News, and I welcome you to the first of the 2020 presidential debate.

TRUMP: If you look, I mean, I have a mask right here. I put a mask on, you know, when I think I need it.

WALLACE: The question was - no.

TRUMP: Ukraine.

WALLACE: No. I - sir...

TRUMP: With a billion dollars...


TRUMP: ...If you get rid of...

JOE BIDEN: That is absolutely...

WALLACE: You know what? Stop.

BIDEN: ...Not true.

ASHLEY STROHMIER: This is a Fox News alert. I'm Ashley Strohmier from New York. President Trump tweeting overnight that he and the first lady have tested positive for the coronavirus...

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #3: Tonight FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #4: We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this.

KELLY: Hard to believe it was just six days ago that the president nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


A little more than 24 hours later, the New York Times published its blockbuster report about President Trump's tax returns. A firestorm over that story was all but eclipsed by Tuesday's contentious presidential debate.

KELLY: Yeah. Then late last night came the biggest news of all - the president and his wife first lady Melania Trump testing positive for the coronavirus.

MOSLEY: The president made that announcement on Twitter just before 1 a.m. Eastern Time. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.