Politics

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.

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

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.

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