Trump weighs in on first Democratic debate

President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE offered his first opinion via Twitter of the Democratic presidential debate roughly a half-hour into the Wednesday night event, making it clear he was not entertained.

"BORING!" Trump tweeted.

The tweet came right after the debate had taken its first commercial break of the evening and as candidates began weighing in on the migrant family separations that have taken place during the Trump administration.

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Trump tweeted while Air Force One was stopped in Alaska to refuel en route to its final destination in Japan.

During the stop in Anchorage, Trump met with troops stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. He quipped that he chose to spend time with the troops over watching the debate.

“I think they’re all going to do poorly,” Trump said of the Democratic candidates.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform MORE (R-S.C.), a 2016 Republican presidential candidate and staunch Trump ally, responded to the president by piling on the Democratic contenders.

"To associate this crowd with BORING is an unfair attack on BORING people," Graham tweeted. "BORING would be a step up!"

The president weighed in again minutes later to rip NBC News over a technical difficulty with audio and microphones that necessitated an extra commercial break, saying it was befitting a "fake news organization."

The president sat down for an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" last week, but has regularly criticized the network for its coverage.

Trump's name was lightly mentioned during the first hour of the debate. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Competition laws could be a death knell for startup mergers and acquisitions Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises MORE (D-Minn.) criticized him over his economic policies and his inability to lower drug prices.

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeBiden administration stokes frustration over Canada Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer California wildfire grows to 13,000 acres, threatens marijuana farms MORE (D) chided Trump for his unfounded claims that wind turbines cause cancer.

"He says wind turbines cause cancer. We know they cause jobs," Inslee said. 

—Updated at 10:11 p.m.