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PHILADELPHIA (KDKA) – President Donald Trump sat down with undecided voters at a town hall event in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

The mix of voters, including some from the Pittsburgh area, asked the president some tough questions.

One of those questions came from a local student, asking why he downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus earlier this year – a claim coming from author Bob Woodward, who says those comments were made by the president in recorded interviews earlier this year for his new book, “Rage.

“Why would you downplay a pandemic that is known to disproportionately harm low-income families and minority communities?” Asked Ajani Powell.

“Well, I didn’t downplay it,” President Trump responded. “I actually, in many ways, I up played it in terms of action. My action was very strong because what I did was with China, I put a ban on with Europe, I put a ban on, and we would have lost thousands of more people had I not put the ban on. So that was called action, not with the mouth, but in actual fact, we did a very, very good job.”

The government’s response to the pandemic was not the only controversial claim the president denied during ABC’s town hall hosted by George Stepahnoplous, another voter asked about a report in The Atlantic, claiming he called U.S. soldiers killed in battle “suckers” and “losers.”

“Easy, because I never made those statements,” President Trump said. “They were never made by me. They said I stood over the grave of soldiers killed many years ago, and I said they were suckers. I never made that – you know we’ve had 26 people as of today come out to say it never happened and many people were there.”

Challenging President Trump for the White House is former Vice President Joe Biden. ABC News said it reached out to his campaign to schedule a town hall but was unable to find a date.

Biden didn’t have much to say about the president’s town hall event, except for one tweet.

To be clear: I am not currently president. But if you chip in now, we can change that in November:

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 16, 2020

The tweet references President Trump’s comment that Biden did not follow through on a national mask mandate he called for during the Democratic National Convention.

In part, Biden said, “To be clear, I am not currently the president.”

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Let Us Play!: Student Athletes Rally At Thompson Center Asking For State To Allow Fall Sports Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

CHICAGO (CBS) — Student athletes rallied outside the Thompson Center Saturday as part of an ongoing push to let them play fall sports despite ongoing coronavirus concerns.

As CBS 2’s Vi Nguyen reported, the student athletes had a message for both Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois High School Association.

The athletes who attended the rally Saturday morning were from across the city and suburbs.

“As athletes, sports means more to us than just a game with taking away fall sports,” said Jaylen Brown, a senior football player at Wheaton South High School. “You’re taking away our chances to learn valuable lessons and build lifelong relationships.”

Student athletes across the state have not been able to play sports for months now because of the coronavirus.

“Illinois politicians – how would you feel if that was you?” said Ella Woltman, a freshman volleyball player at St. Laurence High School. “Would you be depressed or have anxiety, or you think having that mentality is an OK new normal?”

Some athletes believe it is taking a toll on their mental health. Myles Mooyoung is a senior at Kenwood Academy.

“I feel like I need a fair shot because that’s all you could ask for,” he said. “Anything that happens is on us, and if I get COVID from playing football, I’m fine with that, because I’m doing what I love.”

Kenwood Academy is part of the Chicago Public Schools. Mooyoung said not being able to play football has affected many of his teammates, as they rely on the sport to escape the dangers of their neighborhoods.

“I know he’s trying to keep us safe but some of my teammates – people at CPS – are actually put more in danger at the house and not with a team,” he said.

Just days ago, the Big Ten council voted to resume the college football season, under a new schedule and a new set of health screenings.

Mooyoung’s father, Troy Mooyoung, wants to know why his son can’t play if athletes can play at the college and professional level.

“Let’s make an educated decision, and not a political decision to take the super safe road and not give these kids an opportunity to play,” Troy Mooyoung said.

Students plan to hold another rally on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. This time they will rally at Soldier Field before the Bears’ home opener against the New York Giants.

We reached out to Gov. Pritzker’s office for a response about the future of fall sports. The governor’s office said there are no changes.


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