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Trump ‘ready and willing’ to debate after Biden campaign proposes June, September face-offs

Good morning, US politics blog readers. A big question hanging over the presidential campaign is whether Donald Trump and Joe Biden would debate before the 5 November election. This morning, we appear to have reached an answer: the president’s re-election campaign proposed two debates, one in late June, and the other in September. Not long after, Trump posted on Truth Social that he was “Ready and Willing to Debate Crooked Joe at the two proposed times”. In a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, Biden’s campaign chair Jen O’Malley Dillon proposed that the first debate take place after the president returns from a summit of G7 leaders, and after the likely conclusion of Trump’s criminal trial in New York City. The second debate would be timed for the period before early voting starts but after campaigning begins in earnest, while a debate of vice-presidential candidates could be held in late July. And while the Commission on Presidential Debates is the traditional host of face-offs between candidates, O’Malley Dillon informed them that Biden would not participate in their proposed events, citing issues with their schedule and moderation.

We’ll let you know what more we hear about this over the course of the day.

Here’s what else is happening:

  • The US inflation rate dropped slightly in April, just-released labor department data said, a potentially hopeful sign in the fight against the price increase wave that has bedeviled Biden’s presidency.

  • The House of Representatives will consider a host of Republican messaging bills intended to touch on hot-button issues, including legislation to deport migrants who assault police, and to prevent Washington DC’s city government from changing its criminal justice laws.

  • Trump’s trial on business fraud charges in New York City takes a break today, and will resume Thursday.

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Updated at 14.39 BST

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In a short video posted on YouTube, Joe Biden channeled Clint Eastwood as he proposed debating Donald Trump twice:

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Biden mentioned Wednesday because that is the day Trump’s business fraud trial in New York City usually takes a break. However, the president’s campaign chair proposed scheduling the first debate for late June specifically because it would likely be after that trial’s conclusion.

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  • Trump’s trial on business fraud charges in New York City takes a break today, and will resume Thursday.

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In proposing two debates with Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s re-election campaign chair Jen O’Malley Dillon also said the president would not be participating in events organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates, the traditional host for the candidate face offs.

She named several reasons why the president was snubbing the non-profit organization, including that the commission’s own debate schedule has them beginning “after the American people have a chance to cast their vote early, and doesn’t conclude until after tens of millions of Americans will have already voted.”

She also objected to “the Commission’s model of building huge spectacles with large audiences at great expense,” and criticized its handling of the debates in 2020.

It was the latest blow for the commission, after the Republican National Committee two years ago voted to withdraw from the organization altogether. Here’s more on that:

Biden tells Trump to ‘make my day’ as he proposes June, September debates

In a short video posted on YouTube, Joe Biden channeled Clint Eastwood as he proposed debating Donald Trump twice:

Biden mentioned Wednesday because that is the day Trump’s business fraud trial in New York City usually takes a break. However, the president’s campaign chair proposed scheduling the first debate for late June specifically because it would likely be after that trial’s conclusion.

Trump ‘ready and willing’ to debate after Biden campaign proposes June, September face-offs

Good morning, US politics blog readers. A big question hanging over the presidential campaign is whether Donald Trump and Joe Biden would debate before the 5 November election. This morning, we appear to have reached an answer: the president’s re-election campaign proposed two debates, one in late June, and the other in September. Not long after, Trump posted on Truth Social that he was “Ready and Willing to Debate Crooked Joe at the two proposed times”. In a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, Biden’s campaign chair Jen O’Malley Dillon proposed that the first debate take place after the president returns from a summit of G7 leaders, and after the likely conclusion of Trump’s criminal trial in New York City. The second debate would be timed for the period before early voting starts but after campaigning begins in earnest, while a debate of vice-presidential candidates could be held in late July. And while the Commission on Presidential Debates is the traditional host of face-offs between candidates, O’Malley Dillon informed them that Biden would not participate in their proposed events, citing issues with their schedule and moderation.

We’ll let you know what more we hear about this over the course of the day.

Here’s what else is happening:

  • The US inflation rate dropped slightly in April, just-released labor department data said, a potentially hopeful sign in the fight against the price increase wave that has bedeviled Biden’s presidency.

  • The House of Representatives will consider a host of Republican messaging bills intended to touch on hot-button issues, including legislation to deport migrants who assault police, and to prevent Washington DC’s city government from changing its criminal justice laws.

  • Trump’s trial on business fraud charges in New York City takes a break today, and will resume Thursday.

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Updated at 14.39 BST

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