CLEVELAND, Ohio — President Trump’s re-election campaign wants to make sure Joe Biden doesn’t have someone feeding him answers during Tuesday evening’s blockbuster first presidential debate in Cleveland, The Post has learned.
Trump 2020 wants the Biden campaign to agree to a third-party inspection of the candidate’s ears for electronic transmitters and devices before they take the stage, a source with the Trump campaign said.
The president has consented to this inspection but the former vice president has yet to do so.
The story, first reported by Fox News, also revealed that Biden’s team requested two breaks during the 90-minute debate, or every 30 minutes.
This request was shot-down by Trump’s campaign. Biden’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
The suggested changes to the first match-up between the septuagenarian candidates comes as Biden, 77, is dogged by questions over his mental stamina and ability to endure intense questioning.
On the weekend, Trump also renewed his calls that his opponent undergo drug screening, suggesting he would be taking performance-enhancing substances.
The former Delaware senator has continued to avoid questions from reporters and has repeatedly turned down an interview request from Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.
Wallace, however, will get his chance to grill Biden when he moderates Tuesday’s debate.
The Cleveland debate kicks off at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and will be the first of three presidential debates between the pair and is their first face-to-face brawl.
Trump and Biden will stand six feet apart on stage and will not be shaking hands at the scaled-down affair amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The other two presidential debates will be held Oct. 15 in Miami and Oct. 22 in Nashville.
Vice President Mike Pence and Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, will face off Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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