CLEVELAND, Ohio – President Trump’s re-election campaign wants to make sure Joe Biden doesn’t have anyone to feed him during Tuesday night’s blockbuster first presidential debate in Cleveland, The Post has learned.
Trump 2020 wants the Biden campaign to allow a third-party inspection of the candidate’s ears for transmitters and electronic devices before taking the stage, a source with the Trump campaign said.
The president agreed to this inspection but the former vice president did not.
History, first reported by Fox News, also revealed that Biden’s team requested two breaks during the 90-minute debate, or every 30 minutes.
This demand has been brought down by the Trump campaign. Biden’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
The changes suggested in the first match-up between the septuagenarian candidates come as Biden, 77, is haunted by questions about his mental stamina and ability to withstand intense demand.
Over the weekend, Trump also renewed his calls for his opponent undergo drug screening, suggesting that he would take substances that increase performance.
The former Delaware senator continued avoid the questions of journalists and has repeatedly declined an interview request from Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.
Wallace, however, will have his chance to grill Biden when he does moderated Tuesday’s debate.
The Cleveland debate begins at 9 p.m., and will be the first of three presidential debates between the couple and is their first face-to-face fight.
Trump and Biden will be six feet away on stage and will not be shaking hands at the reduced 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 partner, Senator Kamala Harris, will meet Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.