White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday took a jab at Donald Trump for deciding to skip Fox News’ Republican presidential debate and accused him of trying to avoid “tough questions.”
After Fox News released a scathing statement about his concern that debate moderator Megyn Kelly wouldn’t treat him fairly, Trump announced that he would not participate on Thursday. Earnest commented on the decision during his daily media briefing.
“The President himself noted that he was not a big fan of participating in presidential debates, but he never backed out of a debate two days before it was scheduled to be held,” Earnest said.
“We’ve seen over the last several months that Mr. Trump has repeatedly chosen to kick reporters out of the room for asking tough questions,” Earnest added. “It appears he’s taking that approach to a new level by avoiding those questions entirely.”