100President Trump on Monday, Dec. 12 said that he might consider not participating in next year’s presidential election debates, claiming that he does not trust the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The president said that he looks forward to debating with the the lucky person from Democrats. “I look very much forward to debating whoever the lucky person is who stumbles across the finish line in the little watched Do Nothing Democrat Debates,” the president tweeted after The New York Times reported that he was considering skipping them entirely.

” My record is so good on the Economy and all else, including debating, that perhaps I would consider more than 3 debates,” Trump tweeted.

 

President Trump then called the Commission on Presidential Debates biased and “is stacked with Trump Haters & Never Trumpers.”

“The problem is that the so-called Commission on Presidential Debates is stacked with Trump Haters & Never Trumpers. 3 years ago they were forced to publicly apologize for modulating my microphone in the first debate against Crooked Hillary. As President, the debates are up to me, and there are many options, including doing them directly & avoiding the nasty politics of this very biased Commission,” he tweeted.

The president also said that he will make the decision whether to participate the debates soon, “I will make a decision at an appropriate time but in the meantime, the Commission on Presidential Debates is NOT authorized to speak for me (or R’s)!” he concluded his tweets.

The commission issued a statement after the president’s tweet. “The televised general election debates are an important part of our democratic process,” the commission said. “Since 1988, the Commission on Presidential Debates has conducted 30 general election presidential and vice presidential debates. Our record is one of fairness, balance, and nonpartisanship.”

The commission has scheduled three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate for the 2020 election cycle. The first presidential debate is scheduled on Sept. 29, 2020. It also announced the locations for the debates.  The University of Notre Dame, the University of Michigan, and Belmont University have been tapped to hold presidential debates. The commission selected the University of Utah to host the vice presidential debate, according to The Associate Press.

Includes reporting from The Associate Press

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