Donald Trump has had a relaxed campaign schedule during the GOP Presidential Primary.
Ron DeSantis has been trying to get him off the sidelines and onto the debate stage.
And the DeSantis campaign made one surprising offer to Donald Trump that left him fuming.
Former President Donald Trump will head into the Iowa caucus without having appeared in a single GOP Primary debate.
Trump’s performance on the debate stage helped propel him to the Republican nomination in the 2016 Primary.
This time around, he doesn’t feel the need to make his case to Republican voters on why he should be the nominee by debating according to his critics.
CNN is hosting the final Republican Presidential Primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa before the state’s caucus.
Only Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley qualified for the debate.
The former President announced that he was skipping the CNN debate to take part in a town hall on Fox News moderated by anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.
DeSantis has been hitting Trump for his refusal to take the debate stage during the Primary.
His campaign gave Trump a tongue-in-cheek offer to try and lure him to the CNN debate.
“If it would make the debate more inviting, we would gladly agree to make it a seated format where the former President would be more comfortable,” DeSantis campaign communications director Andrew Romeo said.
“We understand Donald Trump is scared to get on the stage because he’d have to finally explain why he didn’t build the wall, added nearly $8 trillion to the debt, and turned the country over to Fauci,” Romeo continued. “But even Gavin Newsom had the courage to stand on the stage to debate his own failed record against Ron DeSantis.”
This is the latest mocking gesture the DeSantis campaign has made to Trump to get him to debate during the Primary.
The DeSantis campaign offered to allow Trump to use a teleprompter during the third Primary debate in October.
The seat and the teleprompter dovetail with the DeSantis campaign’s assertion that the 77-year-old former President has lost a step since his 2016 campaign.
It remains to be seen if Trump will debate during the Primary.
The former President told talk radio show host Hugh Hewitt he would debate one of his rivals “if it’s very close.”
“I would debate that Republican, yeah. But it’s not close,” Trump said.
A debate between Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump would be a heavyweight showdown that Republican primary voters deserve.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.