2016 Debate Commission Acknowledges 'Issues' With Trump's Audio

A member of the debate staff snaps a photo of the podium to be used by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York Sept. 26.David Goldman / AP

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By Carrie Dann

After Donald Trump complained of problems with his microphone during Monday night's presidential debate, the nonpartisan organization sponsoring the event confirmed Friday that there were problems with his audio inside the auditorium.

"Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump's audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall," the Commission on Presidential Debates said in a brief statement posted on its website Friday afternoon.

After the debate, which was moderated by NBC's Lester Holt, Trump told reporters "my mic was defective within the room," adding that he thought the audio problems might have been purposeful.

“Working that microphone was a hell of a lot more difficult than working 'Crooked Hillary Clinton,'" Trump said during a Friday afternoon rally in Michigan.

Trump's performance in Monday night's debate has been widely panned, with polls indicating that Hillary Clinton bested Trump by a wide margin.

Earlier this week, Clinton mocked Trump for his complaints about the audio issue, saying "anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night."

The Commission on Presidential Debates, founded in 1987, is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that has sponsored all presidential debates since 1988.