By John Ikani
Former President Donald Trump, aged 77, has officially announced that he will not engage in the upcoming Republican presidential debates alongside his contenders in the race for the coveted White House seat.
Citing recent poll results, which positioned him with impressive numbers leading other potential candidates for the party’s nomination in the 2024 election, Trump shared his viewpoint on social media, asserting, “The public knows who I am & what a successful Presidency I had.”
The inaugural Republican primary debate is scheduled for August 23, with a possible subsequent debate on the following day. Additional debates are expected in the coming months to help narrow down the field before the Republican primary election commences on January 15, 2024, in Iowa.
Utilizing his Truth Social platform to communicate, Trump highlighted a recent CBS poll, which portrayed him as the frontrunner with a commanding 62% support. Notably, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and other contenders lagged significantly behind, with DeSantis securing just 16% in the same poll.
Detailing his accomplishments, Trump highlighted his administration’s achievements in areas such as Energy Independence, Strong Borders & Military, Tax & Regulation Reduction, Economic Prosperity, and more.
He affirmed, “I WILL THEREFORE NOT BE DOING THE DEBATES!”
Recent surveys consistently place Trump at the forefront of the Republican nomination race, despite the pending criminal charges he faces.
In recent months, Trump had hinted at his decision to abstain from participating in the debates, citing polls that depicted him as the uncontested frontrunner and expressing concerns about the potentially hostile nature of the moderators and debate venues.
Donald Trump, who served as the 45th President of the United States from 2017 to 2021, is currently facing four criminal indictments and is slated to attend multiple trials in 2024 as he embarks on his White House re-election journey.