US election 2020: Debate rules to change after chaotic Trump-Biden exchange

Debate rules will be changed to avoid a repeat of the chaotic first meeting between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the US presidential debate commission has said.

The ill-tempered debate on Tuesday between the US president and his Democratic challenger descended into chaos, with personal insults thrown and frequent interruptions – mainly from Mr Trump.

Chris Wallace, the moderator, had few options other than pleading with the candidates when rules both campaigns had agreed to were not followed.

What is being planned for future debates?

One option being discussed is allowing the moderator to cut off microphones when a candidate violates rules, CBS News reported.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) said in a statement that the first debate had “made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues”.

“The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.”

It added: “The commission is grateful to Chris Wallace for the professionalism and skill he brought to last night’s debate and intends to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates.”

CBS News reported that the next 48 hours would be spent drawing up new guidelines and rules for future debates, according to a source.

The rules will not be negotiable, the source said.

How have both campaigns reacted?

Mr Trump, retweeting a story about the planned debate changes, said: “Try getting a new Anchor and a smarter Democrat candidate!”

His team have criticised the plans for future debates.

Tim Murtaugh, communications director of the campaign, said: “They’re only doing this because their guy got pummelled last night.

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