Trump and Biden will share the stage at the presidential debate. Here are other times they were in the same room

WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will be in the same room Tuesday for the first presidential debate – possibly for the first time in quite awhile.

The candidates have been campaigning — though quite differently due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic— and have not been spotted in the same place recently, though there have been a few times over the years where they have been in the same room. 

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Perhaps the last time Biden and Trump were photographed together was during the funeral service for the late President George H.W. Bush in 2018.

The funeral served as a rare reunion of the remaining members of the presidents club, with Trump, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter, along with many of their respective VP’s and administration officials, in attendance. 

Trump sat with the presidents in the front row, while Biden was in the second. 

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter gathered at the Washington National Cathedral for the funeral of George H.W. Bush.

Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, were even photographed talking with the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, a White House senior advisor. 

Trump did not go to the funerals of a number of respected public officials such as the late Reps. John Lewis, Elijah Cummings, John Dingell, and Sen. John McCain. Biden attended all of those services. 

Former US Vice President Joe Biden, and his wife Jill Biden speak with Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump and her husband, President Donald Trump's White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, as former US Vice President Al Gore, speaks to former US President Jimmy Carter(R) and former first lady Rosalynn Carter before a State Funeral for former US President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, December 5, 2018, in Washington,DC.

Before Bush’s funeral, the two were on the same stage when Trump was inaugurated in 2017. 

During the inauguration, Biden sat in the first row behind Trump and next to Obama and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, applaud after Donald Trump took the oath of office, during the 2017 Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Jan 20, 2017.

Biden and Trump just missed each other on the 19th anniversary of 9/11, when the two made separate trips to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, a battleground states. A couple hours apart, the two men honored the 40 passengers and crew members who died after battling hijackers aboard United Airlines Flight 93. 

The two possibly could be in the same room together again on Thursday at the annual Al Smith Dinner, where the two candidates usually roast one another.

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Both candidates were extended evites to the dinner. Trump is expected to attend, virtually, but the Biden campaign hasn’t confirmed he will attend the event, according to the Associated Press.

The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation honors the late governor of New York and America’s first Catholic presidential nominee. Usually, during an election year, it’s meant to promote collegiality and good humor among political rivals.

There is a possibility the two will not see each other again until the next debate on October 15, which will be in the form of a town-hall meeting, in which the questions will be posed by citizens from the South Florida area.

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Tuesday’s debate will be hosted in Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic. 

Contributing: Associated Press; Bart Jansen, Joey Garrison, Courtney Subramanian,John Fritze, and David Jackson USA TODAY

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