President Trump on Thursday said he won’t “waste my time” participating in a virtual debate with former Vice President Joe Biden, responding to an announcement by the Commission on Presidential Debates that the candidates would be in remote locations for the contest next week.
“No, I’m not going to waste my time in a virtual debate,” Trump said on Fox Business.
“That’s not what debating is all about. You sit behind a computer and do … and then they cut you off whenever they want,” he continued.
He said the commission is trying to protect Biden.
The president said he just learned about the change in the format Thursday morning.
“We learned it the same way you learned it, they called up,” he told Maria Bartiromo.
“Two minutes ago and it was announced, and they’re trying to protect Biden,” he said.
“That’s not acceptable to us. I beat him easily in the first debate, according to the polls that I’ve seen. But I beat him easily, and I felt I beat him easily. I think he felt it, too,” Trump said.
The next presidential debate will be held Oct. 15 in Miami.
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