The Republican candidate is aggressively preparing for the upcoming debates.
This Sunday Trump held a meeting with Roger Ailes, former Fox News chairman, Laura Ingraham, conservative radio host, Chris Christie, New Jersey Gov., Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor, Ivanka Trump and her newspaper publisher husband Jared Kushner.
Although Trump has spurned formal coaches and rehearsals, he is still prepping for debates in an effective, and more casual manner.
He rejects the idea of having rehearsed and timed responses to questions. Instead, he is strategically choosing to practice amongst expert communicators and allies.
Not everyone thinks this is the the best idea for the Republican candidate. “He learned the wrong lessons from the primary,” said an unnamed GOP debate coach to NBC News.
With that being said, Trump is making the debate prep a major priority.
He “is really preparing for the debate every day,” said Kellyanne Conway, Trumps campaign manager on Sunday on The Cats Roundtable by radio host John Catsimatidis.
Conway stated her advice for Trump leading up to the debates starting September 26th on the radio show. “Keep on pushing on the issues. Hillary Clinton gives very few policy speeches. Their strategy is scarcity. The less you see of Hillary Clinton, the better off she is…This race is what every race is about, what every presidential election is about, it’s about the future not the past. It’s a choice and change election. Do you want more of the same?” said Conway.
Conway also pointed out that Clinton spends a lot of her time talking about Trump instead of talking about policy. While, Trump has been doing a ton of policy speeches and putting his plans all out on the table.
“He is the most authentic person to run for president in a very long time, so, stylistically, that’s not going to change,” said Conway also adding that Trump “will be respectful” during the debates.
Sunday’s meeting was Trump second session that was set at his New Jersey weekend home with more prep meetings to come.