President Trump declared he will not be participating in next week’s presidential debate given that it is now set to be a virtual event.
Trump said the change, which was announced less than an hour before his phone interview Thursday morning on Fox Business, is “not acceptable to us.”
The Commission on Presidential Debates had just released a statement that said the “debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations.”
Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo told Trump about the statement and asked him again if he would not accept the format change, after which the president said, “No, I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. That’s not what debating is all about. You sit behind a computer and do a debate. It’s ridiculous, and then they cut you off whenever they want.”
Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, released a statement soon after