Trump Says No; Announces New Plan

Donald Trump

( – Deciding to go in a different direction than the rest of his GOP presidential competitors, Donald Trump has announced that he would not participate in the first 2024 Republican Presidential Debate.

Instead, to steal the limelight from his competition, he will sit down with Tucker Carlson for an interview that most expect will air on the same evening as the debate.

Specifically, based on National Review and other sources reporting, we know that Trump has decided to forgo the initial Republican primary debate scheduled for Wednesday completely.

Instead, he has opted for an interview with Tucker Carlson.

As first revealed by the New York Times, this decision came to fruition after Trump sought feedback on the plan from his campaign crowds for several weeks and deliberated over it privately with his team.

It remains uncertain when the Tucker Carlson interview will air. However, if it’s broadcasted live on X (previously known as Twitter) during the debate’s time slot, this could potentially undermine Fox and overshadow Trump’s Republican primary rivals, with most currently trailing far behind him.

Trump shared his thoughts on Truth Social, saying in part, “Reagan didn’t do it, and neither did others. People know my Record, one of the BEST EVER, so why would I Debate?”

Should Trump’s interview be scheduled against the Milwaukee debate, it would intensify the existing dispute between Carlson and his ex-employer. After Carlson started airing his interview show on X, Fox, alleging a breach of Carlson’s contract, issued a cease-and-desist letter.

Jay Wallace, the president of Fox, and its CEO, Suzanne Scott, met with Trump at his Bedminster golf course and attempted to persuade him to join the debate. This sentiment was also echoed by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who has reportedly urged Trump to participate.

Others set to join the debate include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Senator Tim Scott (R., S.C.), and ex-U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. They have met the necessary donor and polling criteria to be on the debate stage.

While it is anticipated that Christie will directly challenge Trump, other participants will likely be more measured in their approach.