In a not-so-surprising turn of events, former President Donald Trump has announced his campaign’s plan to skip the upcoming Fox News GOP debate.
“Many people are asking whether or not I will be doing the DEBATES? ALL AMERICANS have been clamoring for a President of extremely High Intelligence,” the former president wrote on his social media platform Truth Social. “As everyone is aware, my Poll numbers, over a “wonderful” field of Republican candidates, are extraordinary. In fact, I am leading the runner up, whoever that may now be, by more than 50 Points. Reagan didn’t do it, and neither did others. People know my Record, one of the BEST EVER, so why would I Debate?” he wrote.
Instead, he will sit down for a Twitter interview with a familiar face who also has a strained relationship with the news network: Tucker Carlson.
The choice seems like a strange one for Trump, considering how a leaked text from Carlson said “I hate him passionately” of the former president. But both Trump and Carlson have contentious relationships with Fox News. Carlson was unceremoniously let go from the network at the end of April, and Trump frequently accused the network for what he perceived as unfair treatment during his presidency. He’s also apparently really annoyed at the photos Fox News runs of him.
Trump had told his inner circle he had made up his mind and would not be participating in the GOP debate, hosted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, next week, The New York Times reports. There aren’t any specific details as to when this Twitter interview will take place, or in what format. But given Trump’s penchant for stirring the pot, we’re guessing it’s happening at the exact same time as the televised GOP debate.
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