Donald Trump Jr. has revealed his intention, alongside his fiancée Kimberly Guilfoyle, to attend the first GOP primary debate, a decision contrasting with his father Donald Trump’s choice to abstain from the event.
“We’re eagerly looking forward to connecting with all our supporters in Milwaukee who are passionate about Making America Great Again!!!” shared Trump Jr. on social media, along with a link to a Daily Caller article covering the development.
As per the report from the conservative news outlet, Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle are poised to promote their Rumble shows and participate in media engagements related to the former president.
Confirming the move, the Trump campaign specified that Trump Jr. will head to Milwaukee as a surrogate for the leading Republican candidate, as reported by The Hill.
This declaration preceded an Axios report indicating that Fox News had imposed limitations on media area access, with automatic credentials for the post-debate “spin room” granted exclusively to surrogates representing candidates who partake in the debate.
It remains uncertain how this policy shift might impact Trump’s son. According to Axios, representatives of candidates not participating in the debate could still enter the area if invited by a media organization.
On Sunday, Trump made it known that he would not participate in the GOP debates, hinting at bypassing the forthcoming event as well as potential future debates. Citing his supremacy in the polls, he posted on social media, “The public knows who I am & what a successful Presidency I had.”
Reportedly, Trump will be featured in a pre-recorded interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, set to air simultaneously with the debate.
The Republican National Committee announced the participation of eight candidates in the debate, hosted by Fox News. The confirmed candidates include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Vice President Mike Pence, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.), entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.