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Former President Donald Trump will be skipping the second GOP primary presidential debate, according to a report by the New York Times.
Trump, the front-runner in the GOP primary, skipped out on the first debate, which was hosted by Fox News and held on August 23 in Milwaukee. Instead, he sat for an interview with Tucker Carlson, which was then released at the same time as the debate.
The second debate, scheduled for September 27, will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California and hosted by Fox Business. However, while Trump’s challengers are debating on stage, he will be speaking with a group of 500 auto workers – again, timed to coincide with the GOP debate.
The New York Times reported:
Former President Donald J. Trump is planning to travel to Detroit on the day of the next Republican primary debate, according to two Trump advisers with knowledge of the plans, injecting himself into the labor dispute between striking autoworkers and the nation’s leading auto manufacturers.
The trip, which will include a prime-time speech before current and former union members, is the second consecutive primary debate that Mr. Trump is skipping to instead hold his own counterprogramming. He sat for an interview with the former Fox News host Tucker Carlson that posted online during the first G.O.P. presidential debate in August.
The decision to go to Michigan just days after the United Auto Workers went on strike shows the extent to which Mr. Trump wants to be seen as looking past his primary rivals — and the reality that both he and his political apparatus are already focused on the possibility of a rematch with President Biden.
The Times also reported that the Trump campaign has produced a radio ad which will begin airing on Tuesday in Detroit and Toledo, Ohio.
The Biden campaign has lashed out over the news. The Times wrote:
Ammar Moussa, a press officer for Mr. Biden’s campaign, said in a statement, “Donald Trump is going to Michigan next week to lie to Michigan workers and pretend he didn’t spend his entire failed presidency selling them out at every turn.”
During an interview with NBC’s Kristen Welker, which aired on Sunday, Trump warned that the auto workers are being sold down the river by their leadership, and said their leadership should endorse him.
Trump voiced concern that the push for electric vehicles is going to result in all those vehicles being made in China, and US auto workers will no longer have jobs.
EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of the UAW strike, Kristen Welker asked fmr. Pres. Trump whose side he’s on in negotiations.
Trump: “I’m on the side of making our country great. … The auto workers are being sold down the river by their leadership, and their leadership should endorse Trump.” pic.twitter.com/a8UDVvwFm5
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 15, 2023
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 18, 2023
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