Former President Donald Trump said Monday that he might not go to at least the first Republican debate because one of the sponsors, Fox News, hasn’t paid attention to his recent campaign events. Fox didn’t show Trump’s speeches over the weekend in Washington, D.C., and Michigan, and “then wants me to show up and get them ratings for their ‘Presidential’ Debate, where I’m leading the field by 40 points,” Trump said on Truth Social.
“Sorry, FoxNews, but life doesn’t work that way!!!” the former president said. Trump’s new threat comes as more and more Republicans try to get him to take part in the debates, starting with an event in Milwaukee in August. Will Donald Trump talk to his opponents in the GOP? Republicans are trying to get him to agree.
Reince Priebus, who used to be the Chief of Staff in Trump’s White House and the head of the Republican Party, said on ABC’s “This Week” that Trump would join the race soon, even if it was just to answer rivals like former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. “I think it will happen,” Priebus said, adding that the country is in the middle of “middle-finger politics” and “the world of Wrestlemania politics,” where everyone wants attention to get support.
Republicans who don’t like Trump have also said that he owes it to GOP primary voters to fight. Christie, who used to be the governor of New Jersey, has said that fear is the only reason Trump would refuse to fight. “If Trump doesn’t want to debate, then he doesn’t want to be president,” Christie tweeted on Monday. Trump has said for a long time that he wouldn’t take part in Republican debates, in part because of the groups that fund them.
In recent years, Trump has criticized Fox News’s coverage, and the news station will provide discussion questioners. Trump used to say good things about the network, but now he says they favor his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis. The former president and front-runner for the Republican nomination in 2024 has also criticized people at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library, which is planning to host a Republican debate in September.