WH Says Trump Will ‘Frankly Answer The Questions He Wants To’ At Final Debate

GASTONIA, USA - OCTOBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the crowd at a Make America Great Again event at Gastonia Municipal Airport on October 21, 2020 in Gastonia, North Carolina, United States. (Photo by ... GASTONIA, USA - OCTOBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the crowd at a Make America Great Again event at Gastonia Municipal Airport on October 21, 2020 in Gastonia, North Carolina, United States. (Photo by Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) MORE LESS

White House communications director Alyssa Farah previewed how President Trump will continue doing whatever he wants during the final presidential debate on Thursday night.

While appearing on Fox Business Network on Thursday morning, Farah insisted that Trump is “eager” to partake in his final debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Farah then commented on the debate topics selected by moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News — which include: “Fighting COVID-19,” “American Families,” “Race in America,” “Climate Change,” “National Security,” and “Leadership” — by suggesting that Trump will take the reins if he doesn’t get to answer questions he believes will showcase Biden’s “disastrous” record.

“So the topics themselves, I’d say, he’s going to answer those topics. He’s also going to frankly answer the questions he wants to,” Farah said. “If we don’t get to China, he’s prepared to bring up China and Joe Biden’s disastrous record on it.”

Farah then boasted that the President looks forward to talking about his supposed “economic recovery plans” as opposed to Biden’s tax proposals “that’s talking about tax rates of 60% for some Americans.”

“So the President’s ready to get out there,” Farah said. “We’re optimistic this is going to be a huge win for him.”

Later in the interview, Farah said she has spoken with Welker and told the debate moderator that it would be “wise” to raise the topic of the bogus Hunter Biden scandal following the New York Post’s story last week claiming to have received a copy of a hard drive from the laptop belonging to the former VP’s son from Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Echoing the President’s claim of the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates enacting “pro-Biden antics” by leaving out foreign policy as one of the six topics selected for the final presidential debate, Farah said that there needs to be “a real discussion on China.”

“Traditionally the third debate is really a foreign policy debate, but this one’s got a whole lot of topics,” Farah said. “So the President will go in ready to make his case on the issues he sees as most important: the economy, holding China accountable, the economic recovery.”

Farah added that Trump is committed to bringing up Hunter Biden during the debate.

“Whether it’s after he has the opportunity to bring it up, he is going to get into this issue of Hunter Biden. The American people need to know if the Biden family in any way is beholden to China. This is our biggest geopolitical adversary,” Farah said. “The fact that most of the mainstream media is just refusing to cover this story is gravely concerning, but the President’s willing to bring it up himself if necessary.”

Farah’s remarks come on the heels of Trump waging attacks against Welker days before she is set to moderate the final presidential debate. On Tuesday morning, the President told “Fox and Friends” that Welker “cannot be neutral at all.” Trump told supporters in Prescott, Arizona the day before that Welker is a “radical Democrat” — repeating his attacks against her last weekend when he quote-tweeted his son, Donald Trump Jr., who linked to a New York Post article claiming that the White House correspondent has “deep Democratic ties.”

Watch Farah’s remarks below:

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