President Donald Trump's campaign wanted a third-party to inspect Democrat Joe Biden's ear at Tuesday night's presidential debate to ensure he wasn't wearing an earpiece, it was revealed hours before the event.
Fox News Channel reported the request Tuesday morning as more details surfaced about the negotiations the two campaigns are having with the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Biden's team did not agree to the demand, the channel reported, although it is unclear exactly when it was made.
Trump's campaign volunteered that he would have his ears inspected.
'Joe Biden’s handlers several days ago agreed to a pre-debate inspection for electronic earpieces but today abruptly reversed themselves and declined,' Trump's campaign said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
'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 Trump campaign added.
The Trump campaign wanted a third-party to inspect Democrat Joe Biden's (left) ears to ensure he wasn't wearing an earpiece to Tuesday night's presidential debate. President Donald Trump (right) reportedly agreed to being inspected
The first presidential debate will take place Tuesday night in Cleveland, Ohio. The Biden campaign asked for two breaks during the 90-minute face-off, Fox News Channel reported, but the Trump campaign wouldn't go for it
Under debate rules neither man will wear an earpiece.
Biden's team had also requested that the debate commission which oversees the broadcast divide it into 30-minute segments with breaks, instead of the 90 uninterrupted minutes which it will be.
The request was ultimately not granted by the commission.
The demand for a 'third party' earpiece inspection emerged after Trump's personal lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, going on 'Fox & Friends' and accusing the 77-year-old Biden of suffering 'dementia.'
Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani (right) floated on 'Fox & Friends' Tuesday morning that Joe Biden was suffering from 'dementia,' telling the hosts that he had talked to doctors about it. Steve Doocy (left) pushed back and told Giuliani, 'that's your opinion'
'The man has dementia. There's no doubt about it. I've talked to doctors, I've had them look at 100 different tapes of his, five years ago and today,' Giuliani told the hosts.
'He can't recite the Pledge of Allegiance and he's fine,' Giuliani said sarcastically.
The ex-mayor claimed Biden had 'middle level dementia' and then said the Democratic nominee showed signs of the 'fifth symptom of dementia.'
'He's got eight out of 10,' Giuliani claimed.
'I think the president is quite right to say maybe he's taking Adderall or some kind of Attention Deficit Disorder thing,' Trump's lawyer said.
Host Steve Doocy interjected, 'that's your opinion,' pointing out that Giuliani wasn't a doctor.
'It's just not my opinion, it's the opinion of a number of doctors I've interviewed,' Giuliani shot back.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade said 'we can stay away from that' as Ainsley Earhardt changed the topic to the Supreme Court.
However in recent weeks the Trump campaign has amplified claims - denied by the Biden camp - that the Democratic candidate uses a teleprompter during interviews.
Trump himself claimed that Biden was 'given the questions' at a press conference - which he was not - and read the answers from a prompter.
There's been mixed messaging from Trump world about Biden in the run-up to Tuesday night's first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio.
Trump and his allies have tried to push the narrative that Biden's not 'all there,' while at the same time the Trump campaign told lawmakers and their staff Monday that Biden's debating skills shouldn't be underestimated.
Claims: Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed his rival reads answers from a teleprompter and pushed an untrue claim that he was given questions in advance when he held a press conference
The president has also pushed Biden to take a drug test, suggesting that his debate performance was much improved when he debated Sen. Bernie Sanders in March, compared to previous Democratic debates where multiple candidates were involved.
The 90-minute debate will break up into six segments, selected by Fox News' Chris Wallace, who is moderating.
The candidates will not shake hands when they take the stage at 9 pm ET on Tuesday night because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead they will stand at podiums that are socially distanced from one another while Wallace sits at a desk in front of them.
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There will be a 'small' audience in the room, all of whom will be tested for COVID, according to Peter Ayre, senior adviser to the Commission on Presidential Debates.
The two candidates have taken different approaches to their preparations.
Biden has been hunkered down in Wilmington with briefing books and mock debate sessions.
Trump, meanwhile, has done less than two hours prep time, CNN reported, including a short Q&A session on Sunday where advisers used flash cards to try and stump the president. Trump also played golf on Sunday