Stephen Moore, top economic adviser to US President Donald Trump. (File Photo)
A top economic adviser to Donald Trump, has strongly criticized the US presidentís "crappy performance" at the first 2020 presidential debate against Joe Biden.
Speaking at the Election Protection Summit in Washington, DC. Stephen Moore said, "It was not a great performance by Trump." "In fact, I thought it was a pretty crappy performance."
Footage from the October 2 event, which was published by Huff Post on Monday, showed Moore, who has been highly praised for his good work at the White House by Trump, likening the debate between Trump and Biden to the first 2016 presidential debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton.
"Oh my God, he was so bad in that debate, just awful," Moore said.
Moore admitted to the audience at the FreedomWorks conference he didnít think Trump would be "going into the White House anytime soon."
However, Moore said Trump improved "in the second and third debate ... and thatís whatís going to happen ... God-willing." Moore was quoted as saying the November 3 election this year would be "really tight".
The first 2020 presidential debate between Trump and Biden was held on September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.
During the tumultuous debate, which was moderated by Fox News journalist Chris Wallace who struggled to maintain control over the event, Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden with angry comments and personal jabs. Trump also refused to condemn white supremacists who supported him.
Following the first debate, Trump disclosed that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Trump said he will not take part in the next presidential debate after organizers changed the event to a virtual format.