President Donald Trump is poised to skip out on the second GOP presidential primary debate next week and head to Detroit, Michigan, where he will reportedly meet with striking union autoworkers, multiple outlets have reported.
The initial report from The New York Times indicated that on the day of the next scheduled Republican primary debate, Sept. 27, the 45th president is slated to deliver a prime-time speech to striking union workers, possibly upstaging the GOP debate yet again.
The NYT cited sources who were familiar with the planning for the event. The second GOP debate will be held in California at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
In August, President Trump sat down with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson for an exclusive interview on X, which was released online just five minutes before the start time of the first scheduled Republican debate. The interview accrued tens of millions of views in minutes. To date, it has earned more than 265 million views online.
The United Auto Workers (UAW) union strike has been an important subject for the Trump campaign. In early September, RSBN reported that UAW President Shawn Fain had stated that the union planned on negotiating contracts for auto workers with several auto companies as their contract deadline approached.
The Trump campaign stated, “Joe Biden’s Electric Vehicle mandate will murder the U.S. auto industry and kill countless union autoworker jobs forever, especially in Michigan and the Midwest. There is no such thing as a ‘fair transition’ to the destruction of these workers’ livelihoods and the obliteration of this cherished American industry.”
President Trump has also warned that if Biden’s push for electric vehicles comes to fruition, “The Auto Industry in America will cease to exist!”
In his upcoming speech, Trump will likely touch on his administration’s previous policy work in support of the American auto industry.