Donald Trump and his family arrived in Cleveland for Tuesday night's debate too late to take the suggested COVID test, the moderator Chris Wallace has revealed.
Wallace on Friday afternoon told his Fox News colleague Bill Hemmer that they were not tested.
'There was an honor system when it came to the people who came into the hall from the two campaigns,' Wallace said.
Wallace arrived in Cleveland on Sunday, in time to be tested.
'They couldn't be tested by the clinic,' Wallace said.
'They didn't arrive until Tuesday afternoon. So for them to get tested, there wouldn't have been enough time to have the test and have the debate at 9 that night. They didn't show up until 3, 4, 5 in the afternoon.'
Eleven people involved with setup and planning for Tuesday's presidential debate tested positive for the coronavirus after the event, the city of Cleveland said on Friday, without specifying their role.
Chris Wallace on Friday afternoon said that the Trump team arrived too late for COVID testing
Wallace, who moderated Tuesday's debate, explained the 'honor system' for the tests
'Members of the Commission were not especially happy with the fact that the presidential party was not wearing masks,' Wallace.
'There seems to have been a disregard for the risks of this virus.'
Trump and his wife Melania both tested positive on Thursday evening, with the results disclosed shortly after midnight, in the early hours of Friday. On Friday evening the president's condition worsened, and he was taken by helicopter to the Walter Reed medical center.
Ahead of the debate, doctors from a clinic in Cleveland, providing medical support for the event, asked all attendees to wear face masks.
The Trump contingent refused once in their seats, according to NBC News.
Donald Trump's family and supporters rejected requests on Tuesday night to wear masks
The president and the first lady have for months refused CDC protocols on COVID prevention
A Cleveland Clinic doctor in a white lab coat started to approach Trump family guests to ask them to put on masks.
She offered them one in case they did not have one.
She never approached any