Transcript for Donald Trump Takes Heat for His Performance in First Presidential Debate
Richard next here to major developments in the race for the White House tonight some members of Donald Trump's team. Now saying he was prepped for that first debate that he just didn't perform. ABC's Tommy Imus would be unusual criticism from within. A senior campaign aide tells ABC news Donald Trump pulled his punches and lost his nerve in the first showdown with Hillary Clinton. But tonight trump himself blaming others. That I had to put up with the any care that fight yank your all the time and everything I said. Lottery deal. But the senior campaign source tells us trump was ready for all the questions asked blaming his performance on quote moral lack of execution that preparation. Still days later trump. Defending his most damaging moments from taxes she said maybe you didn't pay taxes and I said let that would make me Smart. Because tax is a big impediment to that former miss universe he had worked out in front of cameras mocking her for gaining weight. I saved your job. Because they wanted to fire four. Putting on so much weight and it isn't really got just you know I didn't say what you have got me they know what they're getting into it's a beauty contest today on the view his campaign manager defending. Did you read on hand him for that and say to him listen. Why do you saying women of fat why you calling women felt I disable tightly yes I think is the ideal and held on that he gave that particular that woman. A second chance would trumps many comments about women know drawing new scrutiny The Daily Show when covering this 2004 interview. Trump gushing over a 23 year old female high school teacher oh rested for having sex with a fourteen year old. Boy but wait the issue if you look like. Java. Yeah I'd say except this if you think this fourteen area located scarred forever he might have put them or whatever that might have given him confidence actually. And Tom dumbest witness from New Hampshire tonight at Tom your new reporting you to. Members of Donald Trump's own campaign. I say he was prepped for that first debate but didn't perform this is very rare to hear from a campaign what's going on here. It is David clearly there was frustration with some top aides they said he was prepared he just did not perform. They say there were several missed opportunities he had the answers he just didn't use them now for the second time around it's going to be a town hall format. And they're asking Donald Trump to practice in that format to make sure he can do better next time David Tommy Ellis reporting and again tonight Tom bank.
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