President Trump's campaign has requested that both candidates submit to ear inspections prior to Tuesday's debate to look for electronic devices.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign has rejected the request, calling it "absurd."
Trump's team asserts that Biden's staff agreed to the inspection several days ago, but has since rescinded the approval. The president's campaign also says Biden's camp has requested two breaks, one to take place every 30 minutes. The debate is supposed to last 90 minutes, with no commercial breaks. A member of Biden's staff said the campaign never requested breaks.
"His staff seems concerned that he may not do well tonight, and they're already laying the groundwork for how they're going to lie about why," said Kate Bedingfield, Biden's deputy campaign manager. "It is completely absurd. Of course, he's not wearing an earpiece and we never asked for breaks."
Tim Murtagh, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, said the former vice president and his team are "playing politics with a public health crisis."
"Biden is trying to distract from the facts that he won't submit to an inspection for earpieces, won't take a drug test, and needs multiple breaks during the 90-minute debate," Murtagh said. "...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."