While some said they believed Trump had no access to a tanning machine in the hospital, others argued that Trump only looked different in the debate because he was wearing TV makeup.
White House officials have previously said the president doesn’t fake tan, but his skin tone appearance is the result of “good genes” and a little translucent powder he puts on before speaking on television.
Trump’s skin tone has caused fascination since he entered office in 2016.
A senior administration official told the New York Times in 2019 that the president’s tanned appearance is the result of “good genes” and a little translucent powder, which the president applies himself before television appearances.
Others, including Trump’s former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, former FBI director James B Comey, and an anonymous makeup artist, claimed that Trump regularly used a tanning bed to get his orange color, the Times reported.
Writing in his 2018 memoir “A Higher Loyalty”, Comey wrote that the president’s “face appeared slightly orange, with bright white half-moons under his eyes, where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles,” according to the Times.
However, three people who have spent time in the White House residence and two other administration officials told the Times there is no tanning bed or spray-tan booth in the president’s official residence.
President Donald Trump at first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 29, 2020.