US President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden have had an intense first presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday.
During the debate, Trump and Biden were constantly interrupting and sniping at each other, making it hard for moderator Chris Wallace to follow the time limits set for each speaker. He even had to raise his voice when the debaters interrupted each other or diverged from the topics they were supposed to discuss.
Seeking to dispel rumours of his age-related sluggishness, Biden called Trump “the worst president America has ever had” and energetically attacked his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, economic crisis and racial unrest, while the incumbent defended his record.
At one point, in trying to fend off the interruptions, Biden called Trump a “clown”. Trump, for his part, at multiple points questioned Biden’s intelligence.
The former vice president called Trump “Putin’s puppy” and criticized him for failing to raise with the Russian President the issue of bounties that Russia allegedly pays to Afghan militants for killing American soldiers. US administration officials said that they checked, but failed to find any proof of the story.
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