Is Trump Really Going To Skip The Debates?

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On Sunday, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) during his panelist appearance on ABC’s “This Week” doubted whether former President Donald Trump would indeed skip the GOP primary debates.

Trump had previously taken to his social media platform, Truth Social to question why he should be obliged to join the primary debate when in reality he was leading in the GOP primary polls by so much. He had made similar statements about potentially skipping the debates during his 2016 and 2020 presidential runs. In his criticisms of the debates, he has often slammed the moderators as well as the networks selected for the debate. In his most recent Truth Social statement, Trump argued that as the frontrunner in the GOP primary, he did not understand why he should subject himself to hostile networks, and attacks from their moderators in the presidential primary debate.

However, Christie stated on Sunday that he did not believe that Trump would choose to not attend the debate. He proceeded to say that Trump’s ego would never allow him to skip being on that stage. Christie then said that as the person who helped prepare Trump both for the 2016 and 2020 debates he knows that Trump has this belief that there is no chance he will enter the debate stage and not win.

Currently, two Republican presidential debates have already been planned for this year. The first one is scheduled for August and will take place in Milwaukee while the second one does not yet have a date but it will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.