Presidential races

Trump meeting at golf course Sunday to prepare for first debate

Donald Trump and a team of informal campaign advisers will meet at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., on Sunday to prepare for his first debate against Hillary Clinton on Sept. 26.

{mosads}Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, acknowledged that the Republican presidential nominee will not be taking the same conventional approach as Clinton, the Democratic nominee, by poring over thick briefing books.

Instead, he prefers getting ready for his first head-to-head live encounter with Clinton by testing lines with a group of confidants. 

They will gather over lunch at the golf club on Sunday to plot strategy, Conway confirmed during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I’ll be at lunch at Bedminster, and I’m sure we’ll have a lively conversation,” she said. “Look, he’s an unconventional candidate, and he’s not going to prepare the way Hillary does, which is, you know, locking her[self] in a room and crammed [sic] her head with all those binders.”

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump instead prefers to meet with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, conservative commentator Laura Ingraham and former Fox News executive Roger Ailes over a meal of bacon cheeseburgers, hot dogs and sodas to test possible applause lines and attack angles.

The Post reported that the group would reconvene Sunday.   

Ingraham might reportedly play the role of Clinton in a mock debate, but Conway declined to confirm that Trump would hold situational practices, as other nominees have done in past elections.

“He might. But remember, he’s an unconventional — and this idea of role-playing Hillary Clinton — Laura’s a friend of all of ours. And we appreciate any insight and advice that she is willing to give in her very busy life,” she said.

Ailes helped former President George H.W. Bush prepare for his debates against Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee.

Trump has said that he won’t need much preparation to beat Clinton, a Yale-trained lawyer who has a reputation as a skilled debater.

His advisers are working to prepare him against her attacks and give him an arsenal of ideas to throw her off balance.

Conway said Trump will be reviewing his various policy proposals for combating terrorism and jump-starting the economy. 

“He will be prepared for these debates. All of his policy prescriptions that he’s putting just in the last two weeks, Chris, on defeating radical Islamic terrorism, on middle-class tax relief, on law enforcement on taking his case to the communities of color,” she told Fox host Chris Wallace. 

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