Donald Trump, a former president, reportedly declared on Wednesday that he would not consent to the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) requirement that he sign the loyalty pledge in order to take part in the first primary debate.
The RNC has mandated that contenders sign a pledge pledging their support for the party’s ultimate nominee in 2024 in order to take part in the first primary debate.
“I wouldn’t sign the pledge. Why would I sign a pledge if there are people on there that I wouldn’t have. I wouldn’t have certain people as somebody that I would endorse,” Trump said during an interview with Eric Bolling.
Trump has, however, frequently hinted that he would forego the Aug. 23 debate in Milwaukee. He has questioned why he should compete and enable rivals to criticize him in an effort to get more support in the campaign given his commanding lead in primary polls.
On Wednesday, the former president also informed Bolling that he would make his decision about attending the debate public the following week.
“I’ve already decided, and I’ll be announcing something next week. I haven’t totally ruled it out,” Trump said.
Trump was the only contender in attendance in a primary debate in 2015 who did not raise his hand to declare his support for the ticket’s nominee.
Trump did finally sign a party loyalty vow, though, later on in the process.