President Donald Trump is already considering skipping next year’s general election debates, The New York Times reports.
Trump has held discussions with advisers about skipping the debate over concerns that the nonprofit, nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates will be unfair to him.
Trump has told aides that he “does not trust” the commission.
Trump holding on to microphone grudge:
Trump is reportedly still angry at the commission after he complained they gave him a “defective mic.”
Trump suggested it was done “on purpose” to put him at a disadvantage.
The commission later acknowledged that Trump’s microphone had technical problems but the statement “never mollified Mr. Trump,” The Times reported.
Trump’s former debate team leader Rudy Giuliani also clashed with the commission over Trump’s plan to bring women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault and misconduct to one of the debates. The Trump team caved after the commission threatened to have the women removed from his VIP box by security.
Trump worried about moderators:
Aides to Trump told the outlet that the president’s concern is not with the Democrats, who are yet to vote on a nominee.
Trump is more concerned with “which media personality will be chosen as the debate moderator.”
“At a state-of-the-race campaign briefing in Arlington, Va., the president’s advisers declined to comment on what their plan was for the debates. One senior adviser to the president seemed to wince at the question, and said it was not something advisers were prepared to discuss until next year,” The Times reported.