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Donald Trump: Nope, 'no sniffles' during presidential debate

The candidate says any apparent breathing issues during Monday night's debate may have been caused by his microphone.

During Monday night's presidential debate, Twitter users blew right over to their keyboards to create parody accounts poking fun at Republican Donald Trump's apparent case of the sniffles. As of Tuesday morning, the account @TrumpSniff had more than 3,400 followers and was still sending out surveys on facial-tissue brands, a photo of a $1,600 tissue box with Swarovski crystals and other sniff-related Tweets.

But Trump called in to "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday and said the sniffles so many media outlets wrote about -- including Fox News and CNET -- did not exist.

"What's the deal with the sniffles?" host Steve Doocy asked Trump. "I heard you in, I think the first answer, it sounded like you had seasonal allergies or a little cold, what's up with that?"

"No! No sniffles, no," Trump replied. "You know the mic was very bad, but maybe it was good enough to hear breathing. But there was no sniffles, I have no allergies."

"So you don't have a cold?" Doocy pressed.

"No. No cold," Trump said. "Every once in a while, but no cold."

Earlier in the interview, Trump said he was given a faulty microphone.

"I had a problem with a microphone that didn't work, I don't know if you saw that in the room, but my microphone was terrible," Trump told the hosts. "I think -- I wonder was it set up that way on purpose, my microphone, in the room. They couldn't hear me, you know, it was going on and off, which isn't exactly great...And it was much lower than (Hillary Clinton's). I don't want to believe in conspiracy theories of course, but it was much lower than hers, and it was crackling, and she didn't have that problem."

The Twitter account @TrumpSniff wasn't buying it.