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Trump Announces He Intends to Skip all the GOP Presidential Debates

On Truth Social, Donald Trump has now confirmed that he will not only skip this week’s GOP primary debate, but all of them as well.

“The public knows who I am & what a successful Presidency I had, with Energy Independence, Strong Borders & Military, Biggest EVER Tax & Regulation Cuts, No Inflation, Strongest Economy in History, & much more. I WILL THEREFORE NOT BE DOING THE DEBATES!” Trump crowed on his Truth Social platform.

This week, the New York Times was the first to disclose that Trump would forgo next week’s RNC debate on Fox News in favor of airing a pre-recorded interview with former Fox anchor Tucker Carlson as the live debate takes place.

The former president was previously urged to attend the event by top Fox executives over a private meal at his Bedminster club.

Trump would reportedly joke with supporters and close associates that he would skip the primary debates. In the crowded GOP field, Trump is the front-runner by a significant margin, according to the majority of national polling data.

The first primary debate of the 2024 cycle will take place on Wednesday.

Candidates must reach at least 1% in three national polls satisfying the RNC’s qualifications, or at least 1% in two national polls and two polls from different early voting states, in order to be eligible for the debate.

Candidates must also have at least 40,000 unique contributors, with at least 200 donors per state.

Candidates are also required to sign a loyalty pledge pledging their support for the ultimate Republican nominee, whoever that person may be.

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