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‘Issues’ with Trump’s mic affected sound in debate hall: presidential debate commission

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WASHINGTON — The organization that oversees the presidential debates says there were “issues” with Donald Trump’s audio that impacted the sound level in the debate hall Monday.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) speaks as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens on during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) speaks as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens on during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In a one-line statement posted on its website Friday afternoon, the Commission on Presidential Debates said: “Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall.”

The nonpartisan commission did not expand further on the statement.

It did not mention whether the audio was impacted for the more than 84 million viewers who watched the debate on television.

Trump told reporters earlier this week that his microphone was not working properly at the debate.

“My mic was defective within the room,” Trump said. “I wonder, was that on purpose? Was that on purpose?”

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton struck back, saying that “anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night.”

CNN contributed to this report.