President Trump on Monday told reporters he would not be willing to debate the three Republicans seeking to run against him for the GOP presidential nomination. nomination.
“I don’t even know who they are,” said Trump of former Reps. Mark Sanford (S.C.), Joe Walsh (Ill.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who have each announced campaigns against him.
“I would say this: They’re all at less than 1%. I guess it’s a publicity stunt,” he said as he departed the White House for North Carolina.
Trump added: “To be honest, I’m not looking to give them any credibility. They have no credibility.”
Trump addressed reports that the Republican parties in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina have decided to cancel the 2020 GOP primaries in their states.
Trump defended the decisions, saying those states “don’t want to waste their money.”
"I don't even know who they are," President Trump says when asked if he's willing to debate his challengers in the Republican primary and then proceeds to criticize their backgrounds.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 9, 2019
The New York Times reported on Friday that three people familiar with the GOP’s plans in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina would move to cancel the Republican primaries to deprive “Trump’s long-shot challengers of chances to build support.”
Shortly after claiming he didn’t “know who” the candidates are, Trump called Sanford, Walsh and Weld a “laughingstock.”