The current thinking among Donald Trump’s campaign advisers and those close to the former president is that he is not planning on participating in next week’s Republican presidential primary debate, three sources familiar with his plans tell CNN, and has been proposing counterprogramming to the event.
The sources say that Trump has not done any prep for the debate, which is being hosted in Milwaukee by Fox News. However, one adviser argued he doesn’t need debate prep, and said there’s always a chance he may ultimately decide to participate at the 11th hour.
Trump, meanwhile, has been throwing out different ideas for his own counter programming during the debate, the sources say, including sitting down with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson and calling into the different cable news shows.
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