Trump’s campaign calls for the Presidential Debates Commission to change the topics for the final presidential debate so that the meeting focuses for foreign policy.
Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien wrote a letter to the Commission Monday raising objections to the topics revealed by the moderator and NBC News reporter Kristen Welker last week, arguing that the Commission should observe “long-standing customs” by making foreign policy the focal point of Thursday’s discussion.
“For the good of campaign integrity, and for the benefit of the American people, we urge you to rethink and reissue a set of topics for the October 22 debate with an emphasis on foreign policy,” Bill Stepien tweeted on Monday.
Stepien also stated that the campaign decided that the third debate would concentrate on foreign policy.
“As is the long-standing custom, and as has been promised by the Commission on Presidential Debates, we had expected that foreign policy would be the central focus of the October 22 debate. We urge you to recalibrate the topics and return to subjects which had already been confirmed,” Stepien wrote.
Stepien accused Democratic nominee Joe Biden of being “desperate to avoid conversations about his own foreign policy record” and said the commission was trying to alter the course of the final debate in order to “insulate Biden from his own history.”
“The Commission’s pro-Biden antics have turned the entire debate season into a fiasco and it is little wonder why the public has lost faith in its objectivity,” he wrote.
But, according to Biden’s campaign, there was a previous understanding that the moderator would pick the topics and that Trump’s campaign is misleading so that Trump could sidetrack concerns about his administration’s “disaster” response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The campaigns and the Commission agreed months ago that the debate moderator would choose the topics,” said national press secretary TJ Ducklo. “The Trump campaign is lying about that now because Donald Trump is afraid to face more questions about his disastrous COVID response. As usual, the president is more concerned with the rules of a debate than he is getting a nation in crisis the help it needs.”
Stepien ‘s letter comes days after Welker revealed that the subjects of the discussion will be the war against the coronavirus pandemic, American families, race in America, climate change, national security, and leadership.
Trump’s campaign has consistently argued that the Presidential Debates Commission, which describes itself as a non-partisan panel, is working to assist Biden in the debates.
Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien: ‘We Are Going to Win this Race’
President Donald Trump’s campaign manager on Monday rallied the entire staff in a morning conference call ahead of the presidential election.
“We are going to win this race,” he said to the staff and field operatives across the country, a source on the call told Breitbart News.
Stepien, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, and Senior Advisor Jason Miller are planning a call with reporters later Monday to discuss the state of the race.
Stepien’s letter came shortly after C-SPAN suspended one of its anchors, Steve Scully, the moderator scheduled for the second debate who admitted to lying about a tweet he sent to former top Trump aide and vocal critic of the president Anthony Scaramucci. That debate was eventually cancelled as Trump refused to take part in the virtual format imposed by the commission.
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