Trump Will Focus on Hunter Biden, China at Debate After Dispute Over Rules, Topics

President Donald Trump has vowed to focus on pressing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden over allegations leveled at his son, Hunter, over links with China at their upcoming debate, amid a clash over rule changes for the event.

The Commission for Presidential Debates announced that microphones will be able to be muted at points in the coming head-to-head, with this being done during opening remarks to prevent the candidates from speaking over each other.

This ruling will allow each candidate two minutes uninterrupted at the start of each segment, before shifting to an open debate format on the topic thereafter during the debate at Belmont University in Nashville, on October 22.

Trump refused to partake in a virtual debate previously proposed by the commission but is set to continue with this event despite his campaign expressing disdain over the switch in rules—which comes after the last debate was widely criticized over issues such as interruptions.

"President Trump is committed to debating Joe Biden regardless of last minute rule changes from the biased commission in their latest attempt to provide advantage to their favored candidate," Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Bill Stepien said in a statement.

As well as questioning the change in rules on microphones being muted, the campaign has also previously questioned the topics announced for the debate, expressing "great concern" over those outlined.

Stepien went on to insist the president will look to focus upon the accusations leveled at Hunter Biden, after emails said to be from the Democratic presidential candidate's son relating to business deals in China and Ukraine were reported by The New York Post.

The Post also reported that Hunter looked to use his father's position as vice president to benefit himself and also a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma, which he previously served on the board of.

Trump has previously looked to raise these points and in recent days, branding Biden a "CORRUPT POLITICIAN" amid questions over the reports.

"Joe Biden is a corrupt politician, and everybody knows it," the president previously tweeted.

"Now you have the proof, perhaps like never was had before on a major politician. Laptop plus. This is the second biggest political scandal in our history!"

He also spoke of being "very proud" of The New York Post for its reporting.

"They have said and shown what everyone knows about Sleepy Joe Biden," he said. "He is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN!!!"

Stepien outlined Trump's intention to pursue this issue as a line of questioning at the debate on Thursday.

"This was supposed to be the foreign policy debate, so the President still looks forward to forcing Biden to answer the number one relevant question of whether he's been compromised by the Communist Party of China," Stepien said.

"Why did Biden allow his son Hunter to sell access to him while he was vice president, and why were there Chinese payment arrangements for Joe himself worked out by Hunter and his sketchy partners? If the media won't ask Joe Biden these questions, the president will, and there will be no escape for Biden."

Newsweek has contacted the Trump and Biden campaigns for comment.

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before departing from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona on October 19, 2020. He is due to clash with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in a debate later this week.