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Trump associates deliberately gave Giuliani wrong time to prepare for debate, new book claims

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Rudy Giuliani, then-personal lawyer for former US President Donald Trump, was given the wrong time for a session to prepare Mr Trump for the first presidential debate before the 2020 national election, excerpts from a new book reveals.

Mr. Giuliani got the wrong time because he clashed with former Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie and Mr. Kellyanne Conway’s senior adviser, the excerpts obtained by Business Insider said.

The book, Only I Can Solve It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year, claims the clashes took place over divergent approaches to tackling current President Joe Biden in the debate.

The former mayor of New York’s approach to the presidential debate has not been well received by others, according to the book.

Christie had suggested that Trump raise Biden’s son Hunter only to take him off course. However, Giuliani said Hunter Biden’s business dealings should be discussed in detail during the debate.

“Most other advisers found Giuliani’s advice ‘extremely useless,’ as one characterized his coaching tips for the president,” the book excerpt reads.

Mr. Giuliani wanted to return to the next preparatory session on September 28, a day before the scheduled debate in Cleveland.

However, there was “a plan to tinker with his wishes,” according to Business Insider, citing the book.

“Aides told Giuliani that they would gather at 2 p.m., although they would start at 12 noon,” the clip said.

“They had cheated Giuliani by giving him the wrong time,” it added.

Mr Giuliani was thus late for the session, reaching only 30 minutes before it ended. During the session, Mr. Christie replaced Mr. Biden and Ms. Conway for Fox News host Chris Wallace, who led the debate.

Mr Trump eventually took Mr Giuliani’s advice and launched a scathing attack on the president-elect’s son.

The debate was known for its chaotic nature, with the candidates at the time insulting each other. Mr. Trump repeatedly interrupted Mr. Wallace and Mr. Biden, who once lost their temper and shot back at Mr. Trump, with the now famous line, “Will you shut up, man?”

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