Former President Trump plans to skip the first GOP primary debate next week, the New York Times first reported Friday. Click here to read Todd’s daily newsletter – covering America First news.
Citing sources close to the 2024 Republican frontrunner, the Times said Trump will instead sit down with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson in an interview that will air online.
“In the past 24 hours, Mr. Trump has told people close to him that he has made up his mind and will skip the debate in Milwaukee, according to two of the people briefed on the matter,” the Times reports.
On Thursday, Trump hinted at the move on Truth Social.
“Many people are asking whether or not I will be doing the DEBATES?” Trump wrote. “ALL AMERICANS have been clamoring for a President of extremely High Intelligence. 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? I’M YOUR MAN. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Trump is leading his primary opponents by nearly 40 points.
The latest average has Trump at 54.7 percent, followed by Gov. Ron DeSantis with 14.8 percent and Vivek Ramaswamy with 6.9 percent.