Trump: 2020 Democratic field looks 'somewhat easier' to debate than Clinton

Trump: 2020 Democratic field looks 'somewhat easier' to debate than Clinton
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE on Tuesday said the field of Democratic presidential candidates vying for the opportunity to challenge him next year "looks somewhat easier" to debate than his 2016 opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAre Democrats turning Trump-like? The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE.

Trump argued in a tweet that he won "EVERY debate" in 2016, "including the three with Crooked Hillary Clinton, despite the fact that in the first debate, they modulated the sound on me, and got caught."

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"This crew looks somewhat easier than Crooked, but you never know?" Trump added.

While Trump surged to the top of the polls during the primary season and stayed there following his performances in the GOP presidential debates, surveys showed he did not fare better than Clinton in the general election debates.

CNN polls conducted after each of the three presidential debates showed voters saying Clinton was the winner. The surveys found that 62 percent of respondents said Clinton won the first debate, 57 percent said she won the second debate and 52 percent said she won the third one.

Trump said after the first debate that he had been given a "defective" microphone.

The Commission on Presidential Debates later issued a one-sentence statement acknowledging "issues" with the candidate's audio.

Twenty Democratic presidential hopefuls took part in the first debates of the primary cycle last week. Trump was in Japan for the Group of 20 summit, and largely dismissed the first night's debate as "boring." He later directly criticized former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersVolatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite MORE (I-Vt.) for their performance the following evening, on Thursday.

A post-debate poll from CNN showed Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties Conservative commentator rips Shapiro over criticism of people with multiple jobs MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Manufacturing shrinks, raising questions for Trump Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties MORE (D-Mass.) gaining ground on Biden following their strong debate performances.