Trump on 2020 debates: They're 'up to me'

Following a report he may skip the 2020 general election debates over a dispute with the nonprofit commission that sanctions them, President Trump on Monday suggested he would ultimately debate the Democratic nominee — but that the format and venue are up to him.

“I look very much forward to debating whoever the lucky person is who stumbles across the finish line in the little watched Do Nothing Democrat Debates,” Trump tweeted. “My record is so good on the Economy and all else, including debating, that perhaps I would consider more than 3 debates.

“The problem is that the so-called Commission on Presidential Debates is stacked with Trump Haters & Never Trumpers,” the president continued. “3 years ago they were forced to publicly apologize for modulating my microphone in the first debate against Crooked Hillary. As President, the debates are up to me, and there are many options, including doing them directly & avoiding the nasty politics of this very biased Commission.”

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HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R) gesture during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: Trump supporters attend the Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: Trump supporters attend the Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: A Trump woman supporter attends the Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: Trump supporters attend the Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: Trump supporters attend the Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: Trump supporters attend the Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: Trump supporters attend the Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: President Donald J. TRUMP speaks to his supporters at Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: President Donald J. TRUMP speaks to his supporters at Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: President Donald J. TRUMP speaks to his supporters at Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks for more than an hour as he and Vice-President Mike Pence return to Pennsylvania for a a Keep America Great campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Vice-President Mike Pence takes the stage to introduce U.S. President Donald Trump as they return to Pennsylvania for a a Keep America Great campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump greets supporters as he steps of the stage after speaking for more than an hour as he and Vice-President Mike Pence return to Pennsylvania for a a Keep America Great campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump greets supporters as he steps of the stage after speaking for more than an hour as he and Vice-President Mike Pence return to Pennsylvania for a a Keep America Great campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks for more than an hour as he and Vice-President Mike Pence return to Pennsylvania for a a Keep America Great campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People in attendance hear U.S. President Donald Trump speak for more than an hour during a campaign rally with Vice-President Mike Pence at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks for more than an hour as he and Vice-President Mike Pence return to Pennsylvania for a a Keep America Great campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks for more than an hour as he and Vice-President Mike Pence return to Pennsylvania for a a Keep America Great campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump greets supporters as he steps on the stage for a campaign rally with Vice-President Mike Pence at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump greets supporters as he steps on the stage for a campaign rally with Vice-President Mike Pence at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People in attendance hear U.S. President Donald Trump speak for more than an hour during a campaign rally with Vice-President Mike Pence at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA - DECEMBER 10: U.S. President Donald Trump waves during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This rally marks the third time President Trump has held a campaign rally at Giant Center. The attendance of both President and Vice President signifies the importance Pennsylvania holds as a key battleground state. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA - DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Janelle Kiscaddin and Jadyn Seaman wear matching U.S. President Donald Trump sweatshirts and hats before Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This rally marks the third time President Trump has held a campaign rally at Giant Center. The attendance of both President and Vice President signifies the importance Pennsylvania holds as a key battleground state. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA - DECEMBER 10: U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd upon taking the stage during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This rally marks the third time President Trump has held a campaign rally at Giant Center. The attendance of both President and Vice President signifies the importance Pennsylvania holds as a key battleground state. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
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In 2016, Trump blamed a “defective mic” for one of his underwhelming debate performances and clashed with the commission over his scheme to seat in his VIP box a group of women who had accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct — an unprecedented maneuver intended to intimidate Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent.

The commission later issued a statement acknowledging that "there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall," but did not apologize.

Trump tweeted Monday that he would “make a decision at an appropriate time but in the meantime, the Commission on Presidential Debates is NOT authorized to speak for me (or R’s)!”

A representative for the commission did not immediately return a request for comment.

The commission has already announced the sites and dates for three presidential debates next year, the first scheduled Sept. 29 at the University of Notre Dame. The moderators have yet to be named.

If Trump were to skip the debates, it would not be unprecedented; previous incumbents have also passed: President Lyndon B. Johnson did not debate Barry Goldwater in 1964, and eight years later, President Richard Nixon declined to debate George McGovern. Both presidents won reelection.

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