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Trump and Tucker Carlson will air an interview when the debate begins on Fox News

Former President Trump’s meeting with former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson will air Wednesday night just as the network’s Republican presidential primary debate begins, Trump confirmed in a social media post.

The former president wrote to Truth Social that his interview with Carlson, which was taped several days ago, will air at 9 p.m. The main debate featuring eight of Trump’s Republican rivals is scheduled to air from 9 to 11 p.m. on Fox News.

“Sparks will fly,” Trump wrote, teasing the interview, which will reportedly be streamed on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

Trump chose to skip the debate, citing his significant lead in many national and state polls over the other candidates in the primary. The former president had been wondering for months why he had to submit to the attacks of other candidates who lead by wide margins in polls of Republican voters.

Instead, Trump sat down with Carlson, the conservative Fox commentator he took off the airwaves earlier this year.

While the interview isn’t live, the decision to air it right when the debate begins is both a way to distract him from what could be a crucial moment for his rivals to gain traction, and it’s another mild on Fox News, a network with which Trump has had a love-hate relationship in recent years.

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