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Trump calls to debate with Biden, but the president downplays it

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Donald Trump, left, and President Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020.

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Donald Trump said Monday that he wants to debate President Joe Biden “immediately,” but the Democratic incumbent quickly dismissed that idea.

“I would like to call debates immediately,” Trump said on “The Dan Bongino Show.”

“I would like to debate him now because we should debate,” said the former president, a favorite for the Republican Party presidential nomination. “We should debate for the good of the country.”

Biden dismissed the idea.

“Well, if I were him, he’d want to debate me, too,” Biden told reporters at a boba shop in Las Vegas when asked about Trump’s challenge. “He has nothing else to do,” Biden added.

The exchange reflects the view on both sides that Trump and Biden are almost certain to be their respective parties’ nominees, even though the primary season is underway.

It also reflects his debate strategy so far this election cycle.

Trump has skipped all Republican primary debates. He continues to ignore calls from his main rival, former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, for a face-to-face confrontation.

Biden also has not participated in any debates with a handful of Democratic longshot contenders who challenged him for the party’s nomination.

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In Monday’s interview with Bongino, Trump also criticized Biden for refusing, for the second year in a row, to be interviewed by the television network that broadcast the Super Bowl.

Biden participated in an interview for the 2021 and 2022 Super Bowls, continuing a tradition followed by other presidents. But he didn’t do that interview last year and stopped doing it this year.

“He can’t do it because he can’t talk,” Trump said of Biden.

The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Trump’s comments.

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