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    Was Donald Trump sniffling or not during the debate?

    Donald Trump says he didn’t have the sniffles during the debate.

    The Republican presidential nominee sounded like he was sniffling — and loudly — through much of the presidential debate Monday, eliciting comments and jokes on social media. The hashtag #sniffle became popular on Twitter.

    But asked about that in a phone interview Tuesday morning on ‘‘Fox & Friends,’’ Trump denied there was any sniffling.

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    He said the microphone was very bad, ‘‘but maybe it was good enough to hear breathing. But there was no sniffles.’’

    He said he doesn’t have a cold or allergies.