Chris Wallace, Trump campaign adviser spar over lack of masks at debate


Fox News’ anchor Chris Wallace and an adviser to the Trump reelection campaign got into a tense exchange Sunday over the president’s family sitting in the first row at Tuesday’s presidential debate without wearing masks.

Wallace, who moderated the debate in Cleveland that turned into a free-wheeling 90 minutes of insults and interruptions between President Trump and Joe Biden, asked Steve Cortes why Trump’s family flouted the rules set up by the Cleveland Clinic — to which Cortes replied that they had already been tested for COVID-19.

“Do they think that the health and safety rules for everybody else do not apply to them?” he questioned on “Fox News Sunday.”

“Everybody was tested before that event, as you well know,” Cortes replied.

“It doesn’t matter. Everybody that was in that room was tested and the Cleveland Clinic’s regulation was that it didn’t matter,” said Wallace, adding that only he, the president and Biden were exempt from the mask-wearing regulations.

Trump is receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday.

Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, has tested negative.