President Donald Trump is preparing to unleash vicious lines of attack in the first debate with Joe Biden, according to a new report, leaving some Democrats fearful that their nominee will be unprepared to counter.
The first of three presidential debates is scheduled to take place at 9pm ET in Cleveland, and promises to be a wild night of spirited arguments, and likely personal attacks.
While Biden has been in seclusion diligently preparing for the debate, Trump has largely eschewed traditional prep, instead pulling advisors aside on the fly to test out different lines of attack, according to a detailed report on Friday from the Washington Post.
Because Biden has largely avoided hostile settings in recent months, and reportedly plans to focus his arguments on how he would solve the coronavirus pandemic and improve the economy, some of his allies fear he may be unprepared to face vicious personal attacks on Tuesday.
'It's like training for a knife fight and somebody is getting an Uzi,' one Democratic congressional aide lamented to the newspaper.
Trump has already vowed to bring up Biden's son Hunter, the subject of a recent report from Republican senators, which claimed he 'cashed in' on his father's position by joining the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
'I think it will be brought up in the debate,' Trump said at a recent rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, shouting, 'Where is Hunter?'
The Biden campaign has slammed the claims against Hunter as 'a long-disproven, hardcore rightwing conspiracy theory'. Trump was impeached for pressuring Ukraine to investigate corruption claims against the Biden family, before being acquitted in the Senate.