Debate commission admits 'issues' with Trump's audio
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The Commission on Presidential Debates issued a one-sentence statement Friday admitting "issues" with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Trump discussing visit overseas to troops following criticism: report Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation MORE's audio in this cycle's first debate Monday.

"Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump's audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall," the statement read.

Trump argued after the debate that his microphone was defective, which rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation Questions grow about FBI vetting of Christopher Steele’s Russia expertise MORE dismissed as an excuse of someone who did poorly.

Trump told reporters immediately following the debate that event organizers "gave me a defective mic" that he said affected the audio inside the Hofstra University venue. 

“Did you notice that?” he asked a reporter immediately after the debate. “My mic was defective within the room." 

"Was that on purpose?" Trump asked. 

The issue didn't appear to affect the broadcast of the debate, the first of three scheduled between Trump and Clinton that reached more than 80 million viewers.
 
Clinton, who put Trump on the defensive during the high-profile showdown, mocked Trump on Tuesday for complaining about his microphone.
 
"Anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night," Clinton quipped while speaking to reporters on her plane.