The President of the United States has requested that his opponent be checked for listening devices by a third-party, according to news sources.
President Trump, who has been eagerly tweeting about his upcoming debate with former Vice President Joe Biden, but has concerns over the Democratic candidate’s ability to debate on his own.
Seeking to check for “training wheels,” the president seeks to ensure that Biden is not being coached, as his mental state has frequently been called into question over the past few years.
Prone to gaffes, moments of confusion and even bouts of anger, Biden has made more headlines for incoherent ramblings in recent months than solid speeches.
According to Fox News, Trump’s camp has urged Biden to partake in the check for listening devices as an act of good faith.
“Joe Biden’s handlers several days ago agreed to a pre-debate inspection for electronic earpieces but today abruptly reversed themselves and declined. Biden’s handlers have asked for multiple breaks during the debate, which President Trump doesn’t need, so we have rejected that request,” Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said. “On top of the refusal to take a drug test, it seems pretty obvious that the Biden team is looking for any safety net they can find in the hours leading up to the debate. With his 47 years as a failed Washington politician, how much help does Biden want?”
The Biden camp, however, has refused.
Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, referred to the request as “absurd.”
“His staff seems concerned that he may not do well tonight and they’re already laying the groundwork for how they’re going to lie about why,” Bedingfield emphasized. “It is completely absurd.”
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