After donald trump stated that he would not be running in the first GOP primary debate On Wednesday, the former president has something else up his sleeve: an interview with the disgraced Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Mr Trump confirmed his absence on Truth Social, declaring, “The public knows who I am and what a successful presidency I’ve had… I will therefore not be participating in the debates!”
Despite four indictments, polls show Mr. Trump still retained a comfortable 52.2 percent lead in the Republican primary race Thirty-five.
The former president is causing a stir again by choosing to distance himself from both the other GOP candidates and Fox News, the broadcaster hosting the debate.
It was previously reported that Fox News executives tried to pressure Mr Trump into attending a private dinner at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The dinner came just hours after the federal indictment of the president in the Jan. 6 investigation related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
Mr Trump reportedly replied at the time that he had not made a decision yet and would remain open-minded. Now he seems firm in his decision to skip the debate altogether.
Mr Trump has also been vocal about his dissatisfaction with the network lately. He wrote on Truth Social last week, “Why doesn’t Fox and Friends show all the polls where I clearly outdo Biden? They just won’t!”
He continued, “They also intentionally show the absolute worst pictures of me, especially the tall ‘orange’ one with his chin pulled back. They think they can get away with something, but they don’t. Just like they did again in 2016… And then they want me to debate!”
According to reports, Carlson’s interview with the former president has already been taped CNN.
Here’s how to watch Tucker Carlson’s interview with Donald Trump
Well, that’s unclear. Since being fired from Fox News, Carlson has hosted his own show, Tucker on Twitter, on X, formerly known as Twitter.
The Independent took to Twitter and asked a Trump spokesman where the interview would be broadcast.
When is the debate?
Sources told CNN the interview would be released around the time of Wednesday night’s debate — likely in an attempt to serve as counter-program.
The first Republican debate will air Wednesday from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET on Fox News; Rumble will also be broadcasting the debate in cooperation with the Republican National Committee.
Who will participate in the GOP debate?
The eight candidates who qualified for the debate, meaning they have at least 40,000 individual donors and at least 1 percent in two national polls and two early state polls, are: former Vice President Mike Pence, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott , Doug Burgum, Governor of North Dakota, Chris Christie, former Governor of New Jersey, Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida, Nikki Haley, former Governor of South Carolina, Asa Hutchinson, former Governor of Arkansas, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.