(ConservativeHub.com) – Former President Donald Trump has raised questions and speculation in recent days due to his non-committal attitude about the Republican National Committee’s first GOP presidential primary debate. The event is scheduled to take place on August 23, but it seems Trump won’t be attending.
Trump previously claimed that he had no reason to attend the debate and that he would be skipping it. However, last week, he conveyed a different message, saying that he hadn’t completely “ruled it out.” In an interview with Eric Bolling, he claimed he had already made decision and would announce it the following week. On August 17, Trump posted on Truth Social seemingly confirming his position, saying that “Reagan didn’t do it,” and that he’s leading the other candidates. “People know my record,” he added, “One of the BEST EVER, so why would I debate?”
A recent report from The Hill highlighted that Trump has refused to sign the RNC’s loyalty pledge, which would require him to support the party’s nominee, no matter who it turns out to be. GOP strategist Brian Seitchik was reported by the outlet noting that it wouldn’t be unfathomable for the party’s nominee to “shun” the RNC entirely, which would “weaken” the group’s position.
Trump first mentioned in April that he might not join the debate. For the past few months, many have debated whether or not the former President and frontrunner in the Republican primary race is going to join the race. If he does, he is going to be facing former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie among others.
Many of the Republican candidates have been pressuring Trump on the subject of the debate, with Christie calling him a “coward” on August 15.
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