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Trump hints he won’t ‘allow the Debate Commission to change the rules’ because he ‘easily won last time’

PRESIDENT Trump said he will not allow any changes to presidential debate rules after he "easily won" Tuesday's debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Trump's comments come after the Commission on Presidential Debates said it would be adopting changes to give moderators more control of debates, which may include the ability to mute the candidates' microphones.

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"Why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third Debates when I easily won last time?" Trump tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

The commission said it is considering giving the moderators of the next two presidential debates the ability to mute the microphones of both Trump and Biden while the other is speaking.

Tuesday's moderator, Chris Wallace, had to remind the president several times during the debate that his campaign agreed to the terms -- which gave each candidate two uninterrupted minutes to answer his questions.

Wallace was interrupted by both Trump and Biden as he attempted to moderate the debate, and Trump regularly attempted to infringe on Biden's allotted two minutes as well.

Trump interrupted either Biden or Wallace a total of 71 times, according to the Washington Post, compared to Biden's 22 interruptions.

Trump's campaign has said that any changes are only being considered because Biden "got pummeled" during the first debate between the two.

"President Trump was the dominant force and now Joe Biden is trying to work the refs," Trump campaign director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.

"They shouldn't be moving the goalposts and changing the rules in the middle of the game."

However, there's no evidence to suggest that Biden's campaign is trying to get the rules changed.

The candidate's campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, said Biden would participate "under whatever set of rules the commision develops to try to contain Donald Trump's behavior" in the next two debates -- scheduled for October 15 and 22.

Trump also claimed in a Thursday tweet that he won the first debate "big, based on a compilation of polls, etc. Thank you!"

However, polls from several major news outlets indicate that the claim is not quite true.

A CNBC/Change Research poll conducted after the debate found that 53 percent of likely voters think Biden did better in the debate, compared with 29 percent who think Trump did.

The poll also found 45 percent of people say Trump performed worse than expected, while only 11 percent said the same for Biden.

Other polls, like those from CNN and CBS, also found that more people considered Biden to be the winner of Tuesday's debate.

CNBC's poll, however, also found that only 2 percent of people said the debate actually changed who they planned to vote for.

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