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Trump Threatens To Pull the Plug on Presidential Debates

Trump Threatens To Pull the Plug on Presidential Debates
March 11
10:30 2019

In seemingly direct retribution for the DNC refusing to allow Fox to air debates leading up to the Democratic primary, President Donald J. Trump has said maybe he will bar other networks from televising 2020 presidential debates between himself and the Democrats chosen nominee.

Trump tweeted: “Democrats just blocked @FoxNews from holding a debate. Good, then I think I’ll do the same thing with the Fake News Networks and the Radical Left Democrats in the General Election debates!”

The DNC said that it would not allow Fox News to host a primary debate after The New Yorker recently published a piece that accused Fox of having “deep ties to Trump.”

“Recent reporting in the New Yorker on the inappropriate relationship between President Trump, his administration and Fox News has led me to conclude that the network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates. Therefore, Fox News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in the statement.

Trump and Fake News

Trump did not mention any specific networks, but his long-standing feud with CNN, MSNBC and other purveyors of what he calls “Fake News,” such as The Washington Post and The New York Times is well known. However, despite what he said in his tweet — The president alone would not have the authority to prevent any television outlets from hosting a general election debate.

The DNC and Republican National Committee (RNC) work with media outlets on arrangements for hosting their respective primary debates, however, for the general election, debates are scheduled by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which the DNC and RNC jointly sponsor.

In response to being shunned by the DNC, Fox News Senior Vice President and Managing Editor Bill Sammon praised his news staff, including hosts Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, saying they and the network would offer candidates an ability to reach key voters during the 2020 cycle.

“They’re the best debate team in the business and they offer candidates an important opportunity to make their case to the largest TV news audience in America, which includes many persuadable voters,” Sammon said in an emailed statement.

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