The stage awaits U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden before their first presidential debate on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. September 29, 2020. - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Trump, Biden Hold First Presidential Debate in Cleveland

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The 2020 candidates are expected to be pressured on a range of issues, including the US' coronavirus response, a Supreme Court nomination, taxes, and the public unrest in the United States.

US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are participating in the first presidential debate held in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday.

Earlier, the Trump campaign said it had rejected Biden's request for multiple breaks during the debate, which the former vice president's campaign has denied. Trump campaign also said Biden had previously agreed but reversed himself earlier on Tuesday.

The next two debates between two candidates are set to take place on 15 October in Miami and on 22 October in Nashville.

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"I am totally opposed to defunding police," Biden said during the debate in Cleveland on Tuesday.

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Biden claims Trump is a president who has been generating racial hatred. Trump responds by citing the 1994 crime bill Biden helped pass, claiming that Biden has treated the Black community “about as bad as anybody in this country”.

Switching to the topic of the recent protests, Trump says he got riot-hit cities back under control, but in some places Democrats wouldn't let his administration do that.

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U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the first 2020 presidential campaign debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (not pictured), held on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., September 29, 2020. - Sputnik International
Trump Says US 'Weeks Away From Vaccine' During Debate Against Biden

Trump says “more people will be hurt by continuing,”. Trump also says that masks are "ok". "I don't wear masks like him, every time you see him he's got a mask," he adds.

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"He waited and waited and waited, he still doesn't have a plan," he says. Trump responded that millions would have died if Biden would have been in charge, recalling that Biden called it xenophobic to shut down travel from China.

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Trump says he wants to fix ObamaCare, Biden says "He is not for any help for people needing healthcare."

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