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

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

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

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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...

WALLACE: Sir...

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.

TONYA MOSLEY, HOST:

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.

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