Donald Trump says “it seems inappropriate” to debate Sen. Bernie Sanders. He will instead “wait to debate the first place finisher.” Trump said in a statement released today, “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher.”
 
“Likewise, the networks want to make a killing on these events and are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes, in this case, women’s health issues. Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders — and it would be an easy payday — I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”
 
The discussion of a debate between Sanders and Trump began after Clinton reneged on debating her Democratic colleague on Fox News before the June 7 California primary.  According to Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver,  the campaign was “prepared” to accept one of the “two offers by broadcast television networks to host the Sanders-Trump debate that we suggested. Both offers include a major contribution to charity.” Trump told show host Jimmy Kimmel this week that he was willing to consider a debate, while suggesting that the network should pay them in order to make a contribution to a charity of their choice. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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