Trump accepts VP debate invitation from Fox News, announces 4th presidential debate

 May 18, 2024

While former President Donald Trump has yet to announce his vice president for the 2024 election, he's already making deals related to the position. 

According to The Washington Times, it was reported Friday that Trump accepted a VP debate invitation from Fox News as virtually the entire media continues rampant speculation as to who he might choose as his running mate.

The news came as Vice President Kamala Harris also accepted a debate invitation, but not the one from Fox News. Unsurprisingly, she agreed to a VP debate on the rival -- and undoubtedly more friendly -- network CBS News.

The Biden administration has signaled that it will reject the Fox News VP debate.

What's going on?

The ongoing negotiations for a VP debate came in the wake of Trump and Biden agreeing to debate one another on two upcoming occasions, one in June and the other in September.

The Washington Times noted:

Fox News said in a statement it offered to host a VP debate on July 23, August 13 or a day after both party conventions. Harris’ team previously told CBS she would debate in-studio on the July or August dates Fox mentioned.

In a Truth Social post on Friday, Trump urged VP Harris to accept the VP debate invitation.

"On behalf of the future Vice President of the United States, who I have not yet chosen, we hereby accept the Fox Vice Presidential Debate, hopefully at Virginia State University, the first Historically Black College or University to host a Debate - Date to be determined. I urge Vice President Kamala Harris to agree to this. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" Trump wrote.

It was reported that the Fox News VP debate will be hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

Trump's statement

The former president also broke news on Friday in a Truth Social post, announcing he had accepted a fourth presidential debate invitation that will be hosted by NBC & Telemundo, expressing the importance of reaching Hispanic voters in America.

"I have accepted a fourth Presidential Debate against Crooked Joe Biden, this time with NBC & Telemundo. It is important as Republicans that we WIN with our Great Hispanic Community, who Biden has devastated with Crippling Inflation, High Gas Prices, Crime in our Streets, and Border Chaos. This Fourth Debate will go along with our previously accepted Presidential Debates on CNN, ABC, and Fox," Trump wrote.

He added, "This is all in addition to our accepting an invitation from Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum of Fox News to host the Vice Presidential Debate at Virginia State University, or another venue, in Virginia, to be named later. These are the Debates that Voters have been asking for, and these are the Debates that Voters will get!"

Only time will tell if Harris and the White House agree to a Fox News-hosted VP debate. It'll probably ultimately be determined by who Trump selects as VP.

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