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Social media users praise Welker's debate moderating

Debate watchers took to Twitter to commend moderator Kristen Welker’s debate performance Thursday night.

Many commented on the NBC News reporter's ability to keep the contentious rivals under control and effectively lead the evening’s conversation after the rocky first debate, when President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE repeatedly interrupted moderator Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace: This was best inaugural address I've ever heard Fox News's DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire Arkansas governor: Intelligence on state capitol protests 'not to the level that I'm bringing out the National Guard' MORE of Fox News.

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Wallace said he was envious of Welker given the different nature of the debate.

"Well, first of all I'm jealous," Wallace said on Fox News during the network's live coverage of the event. "I would have liked to have been able to moderate that debate." 

The veteran television journalist described Thursday's event as "a real exchange of views rather than hundreds of interruptions.”

President Trump himself praised Welker during the debate, just days after he claimed she was “terrible and unfair,” saying, “By the way, I respect the way you're handling this.”

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Some of Trump’s supporters condemned Welker's handling of the debate, however, claiming she unfairly gave Biden more talking time.

Welker, who has been covering the White House since 2011, was the first Black woman to moderate a presidential debate since 1992.