(NationRise.com) – According to a New York Times Tuesday report, former US President Donald Trump plans to skip one of the first two Republican presidential primary debates. The report confirms what numerous media outlets have been reporting over the last few weeks, as the former commander-in-chief remains the favorite candidate to win the Republican Party’s nomination for the 2024 presidential election.
As reported by the liberal newspaper, some anonymous sources said that Trump is expected to skip either the first debate, which will be hosted by Fox News and will take place in Milwaukee in August, or the second one, which will take place in California at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Last week, the Republican leader reiterated during an appearance on “Cats &Cosby Show” his thoughts about not attending any presidential primary debate because of the way he’s leading in all polls. He told hosts Rita Cosby and John Catsimatidis there’s no purpose in “doing the debate” when a candidate is going up in the polls.
Far from being the first time he suggests skipping debates, Trump has threatened to take this step during the 2020 and 2016 presidential elections against Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton respectively. Experts point out this is a tactic that allows a candidate to test public opinion, which has always been a common practice for Trump.
In its Tuesday report, the New York Times also said that another reason why Trump is planning to skip one of these debates is to deny other “low-polling” candidates access to the massive television audience it would happen if Trump appears.
Additionally, the liberal newspaper said that the former president has a serious problem with the second debate being at California’s Reagan Library. After all, the group’s board of trustees chair Frederick Ryan Jr. is the CEO and publisher of the Washington Post.
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