Trump claims he won’t participate in the GOP primary debates.

Donald Trump, a former president, declared on Sunday that he would not take part in this week’s opening GOP primary debates.

Trump said on his social media site that “I will therefore not be doing the debates” because “the public already knows who I am.”

There is a second GOP primary debate scheduled for September, so it was unclear at first if Trump meant to boycott all upcoming debates or just the ones that are already scheduled.

Despite his statement, a Trump associate informed CNN that the former president might still choose to take part in a subsequent primary debate.

Trump has grumbled in private discussions that he has never been invited to speak at the Reagan Library, the site of the second debate, and has informed some associates that he does not want to debate there. He partly blames Fred Ryan, the chairman of the board of trustees, for this.

Ryan oversaw the Washington Post as its president and CEO.

The first primary debate of the 2024 cycle will take place on Wednesday. Given his advantage in the polls, the former president has been considering skipping it for weeks, both in public and private. CNN was previously informed by numerous sources familiar with Trump’s intentions that he intended to have an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Even Nevertheless, as recently as Sunday morning, Republican officials had been openly attempting to persuade Trump to take the debate stage.

RNC head Ronna McDaniel expressed her desire for Trump to participate in a debate hours before he posted. “I’m still holding out hope for the visit of President Trump. The American people need to hear from all of the contenders, McDaniel stated on Fox News.

According to a Trump adviser, McDaniel and David Bossie, who are heads of the RNC debate committee, paid a recent visit to Trump at his Bedminster, New Jersey, residence to push him to take part. Throughout this meeting, the former president was evasive about his intentions.

Jay Wallace, the president of Fox News, and Suzanne Scott, the network’s CEO, had also urged Trump to take part in the discussion.

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.

Former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, Former Governors of North Dakota Doug Burgum, Former Governor of South Carolina Tim Scott, Former Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson, and Former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie are all currently eligible.

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