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ATLANTA: President Joe Biden and his predecessor, Donald Trump, squared off in a debate in Atlanta on Thursday in which they blamed each other for the nation’s economic turmoil and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and could only agree that they wanted to eliminate Hamas.

CNN bypassed the independent US Commission on Presidential Debates to hold the event, which was unprecedented because Biden and Trump have yet to be formally endorsed by their parties as candidates for the Nov. 5 election.

The format had restrictions to avoid a repeat of events four years ago, when Trump interrupted Biden 190 times, CNN reported.

Without an audience to cheer or jeer, CNN’s rigid format may have benefited Trump by making him appear less disruptive, his supporters said.

She shifted focus to Biden, who was slow to answer questions, had trouble listening and mixed up some phrases and words.

The bitter name-calling and constant battle over who is responsible for the nation’s domestic challenges seems to be distracting them from fully answering questions about the Middle East and Israel’s war on the Palestinians.

The president was forced to explain what “additional leverage” Biden could use to force Israel and Hamas to support his cease-fire plan, and he singled out the Palestinian group as the primary obstacle to peace, the only point of agreement with Trump.

“No. 1, everyone from the UN Security Council to the G7 to the Israelis and (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu himself supported the (ceasefire) plan that I put forward, supported the plan that I put forward, which has three phases,” Biden said.

“The first phase is the treatment of the hostages in the interest of a ceasefire. The second phase is a ceasefire with additional conditions. The third stage is to know the end of the war.

“The only one who wants the war to continue is Hamas, number 1. They are not the only ones standing still. We are still pushing hard for them to accept it.”

Biden added: “Hamas cannot continue. We continue to send our experts and our intelligence people on how they can get Hamas like us (Osama) bin Laden. You don’t have to do that.

“And by the way, they were very weakened, Hamas, very weakened, and they should be.” They should be removed. But you have to be careful what you use these certain weapons for between population centers.”

Trump said Biden is preventing Israel from eliminating Hamas. “As for Israel and Hamas, Israel is the one who wants to go (and get the job done). He said the only one who wants to continue is Hamas. It’s actually Israel and you should let them go and let them finish the job,” Trump insisted.

“He doesn’t want to do it.” He became like a Palestinian. But they don’t like him because he is a very bad Palestinian. He’s a weakling.”

In support of efforts to create a Palestinian state, Trump said: “I would have to see that.

He said he had prevented Hamas from attacking Israel by blocking funds to Iran, which he claimed was the group’s main sponsor. He added that Biden’s “weak” leadership opened the door for an October 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

In response, Biden called Trump “weak,” adding, “I’m the guy who organized the world against Iran when they had a full-blown kind of ballistic missile attack on Israel.

“No one was injured. None of the Israelis died by accident. And it stopped. We saved Israel. We are the largest producer of support for Israel than anyone else in the world.

Trump called Biden the “worst president” in US history. Biden called Trump a “convicted criminal” and compared his morals to a “street cat.”

The debate was held about a mile from Georgia Tech University, where 800 journalists from 34 countries and campaign staff watched it on television monitors.

After the debate, Republican and Democratic leaders took to the floor of the University Pavilion to speak to reporters, with both sides declaring victory.

Republican Congresswoman Elise Štefánikova said the debate showed Trump would “handily defeat” Biden in November, adding: “This is an absolutely landslide victory for President Trump tonight against the failed, incompetent and weak Joe Biden.”

Vivek Ramaswamy, who challenged Trump for president in the Republican primary, said Biden seemed confused and had only “a spark of life” for him when he talked about January 6 and Trump’s beliefs.

“Biden doesn’t care about the issues that affect the American people … President Biden has proven to be the bad guy in the room.”

Several Democrats declined to answer reporters’ questions about the debate, instead issuing statements defending Biden and predicting his victory over Trump in November.

Asked if Biden should be worried about the election, Senator Raphael Warnock said: “I would be concerned if the president didn’t have a record to run on, but the fact is he’s a man who’s been through historic events.” legislation.”

Warnock added: “The election is about the character of the country. The American people got an opportunity tonight to remember the character of Donald Trump, the man who stood there and lied for 90 minutes straight.

“I was surprised that every time someone asked him a question, you noticed that Trump never answered those questions. America is better than Donald Trump.”

Biden and Trump are expected to participate in one more debate hosted by ABC Network News on September 10.

This also bypasses the rules set by the American Commission on Presidential Debates, which has hosted all these events since the 1980s.

Independent candidates excluded from the debate, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dr. Jill Stein, held their own parallel events and answered the same questions CNN asked Biden and Trump in real time.

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