President Trump commended NBC News journalist Kristen Welker for her work moderating the second and final presidential debate Thursday night, after previously clashing with the moderators of the first debate and his prime-time town hall.
“So far, I respect very much the way you’re handling this, I have to say,” Trump told Welker during the debate, despite dinging her for not quizzing Democratic challenger Joe Biden about his position on fracking.
Thursday’s debate in its early going was fiery but for the most part far more orderly than last month’s chaotic first meeting between Trump and Biden, perhaps thanks in part to the Commission on Presidential Debates’ new ability to mute each man’s microphone while his opponent is making their initial two-minute response to each new topic.
By contrast, both Trump and Biden ran roughshod over Chris Wallace during the first presidential debate, with the commander-in-chief accusing him of being biased toward Biden.
And during his solo town hall event last week in Miami, Trump openly clashed with moderator Savannah Guthrie.