Trump Opts Out of US Presidential Debate with Sanders

After Trump mentioned the idea once on a talk show, Sanders’ campaign has been aggressively advocating for a debate.

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Trump Opts Out of US Presidential Debate with Sanders
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  • When US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday ruled out a one-on-one debate with second-place Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders, he put an end to a potentially high-ratings television spectacle.

  • Trump had welcomed the move a day ago but now seemed to have had second thoughts, calling the idea “inappropriate”. As the Republican presumptive nominee, he should only face the Democrats’ final choice, Trump later said.

  • He also said broadcast networks were unwilling to go along with his demand that at least $10 million raised from the encounter be donated to ‘women’s health issues’.

  • The suggested debate would have given Sanders a huge platform ahead of California’s 7 June primary. The US Senator from Vermont expressed his disappointment.

(With Reuters inputs)

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