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HIGHLIGHTS: Trump-Biden final presidential debate

HIGHLIGHTS: Trump-Biden final presidential debate


US President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden are facing off for their final presidential debate at 9 am on Friday, October 23 (Manila time). Who will win the hearts of voters?

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Trump takes pride in ‘good’ ties with North Korea

Camille Elemia

“I have vert good relationship with him. We have a very good relationship.”

“[Obama administration] tried to meet with him but he would not do it. He didn’t like it.”

Biden said Kim Jong Un did not want to meet with Obama because of the former president’s denuclearization condition.

Biden: Any country that interferes with American elections ‘will pay a price’

Jee Y. Geronimo

News broke Wednesday, November 21, that Russia and Iran have both obtained US voter information and taken actions to influence public opinion ahead of the November 3 election. During the debate, Biden said “any country that interferes with American elections will pay a price.”

“They’re interfering with American sovereignty. To the best of my knowledge, I don’t think the President has said anything to Putin about it,” Biden said.

LOOK: Debate moderator Kristen Welker speaks during the final presidential debate

Trump: I closed my China account before I even ran for president

Camille Elemia

Trump said he earlier opened a bank account in China because he wanted to enter into deals with companies there.

Trump claims he prepaid “millions and millions” in taxes

Camille Elemia

“I prepaid millions of millions of dollars. I don’t make money from China, you do. I don’t make money from Ukraine…. I get treated very badly by IRS [Internal Revenue Service].”

A New York Times investigation earlier revealed that US President Donald Trump or his companies paid thousands more in taxes to the Philippines ($156,824) than he did to his own country ($750) during the first two years of his presidency.

Latest opinion poll averages for Trump and Biden

Latest opinion poll averages for Donald Trump and Joe Biden in each of the 6 key battleground states of the 2020 US presidential election.

Biden on COVID-19 and the economy

Jee Y. Geronimo

Biden said he’s going to “shut down the virus, not the country,” reiterating that there should be standards for the economy to reopen safely. Yet according to him, while money has already been passed to help businesses, “nothing has happened.”

“Look at states having spikes – they’re the red states…but they’re all Americans. What we have to do is wear these masks, make sure we get help that businesses need.”

Biden: Anyone responsible for so many COVID deaths ‘should not’ be president

Agence France-Presse, Agence France-Presse

Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden said during his final debate with President Donald Trump that presiding over the nation as 220,000 Americans died from the coronavirus should disqualify Trump from reelection.

“Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America,” Biden said in the opening remarks of the showdown that comes just 12 days before the election.

“The president still has no comprehensive plan,” Biden added.

Biden tweets about the 220,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.

Trump firm on opening of schools amid COVID-19

Camille Elemia

“I wanna open the schools. The transmittal rate to teachers is very small. We have to open our country. You can’t do this, we can’t keep this country closed. This is a massive country, with a massive economy.”