Trump Won’t Debate Sanders: ‘It Seems Inappropriate’

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As much as he wants to debate Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump says “it seems inappropriate” so he will instead “wait to debate the first place finisher.”

In a statement released on Friday, Trump said, “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.” (RELATED: RNC ‘Would Love’ To See A Trump, Sanders Debate [VIDEO])

“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.” (RELATED: Baier: Fox Is Negotiating A Trump-Sanders Event [VIDEO])

The discussion of a Sanders, Trump debate began after Clinton backed out of the planned Democratic debate to be held on Fox News ahead of California’s June 7 primary. (RELATED: Clinton Cowers In The Face Of Bernie Sanders, Fox News Debate)

According to Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, 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.”

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