(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Tuesday former President Trump questioned why he should not skip the two Republican White House primary debates that have already been announced.
In a post on his social media platform Truth Social, Trump questioned why he should choose to attend the Republican Debates, when these events were organized and announced without his approval, “or the approval of the Trump campaign.” He proceeded to add that currently, he is leading in the polls by “insurmountable numbers” and knowing that there are hostile networks and anchors who are going to get to ask the “questions” he did not see why “subject yourself to being libeled and abused?”
Trump further took issue with the plan for the second planned GOP debate to be hosted at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, adding that Fred Ryan, publisher of The Washington Post, is the chairman of the board of trustees at the Reagan Library.
The first GOP primary debate on the other hand is scheduled to be hosted in Milwaukee in August, while the date of the second debate has not yet been announced.
It is common for Trump to threaten to skip the debates, and he had previously threatened to skip the primary debate in early 2016 because he thought that then-Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly would not treat him fairly during the debate. Kelly at an earlier debate had questioned Trump about his previous derogatory comments about women.
In 2019, he had once again stated that he might skip the presidential debates the next year if they were hosted by Fox News as he had issues with the network’s coverage.
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