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Trump says he ‘has no problem with’ RFK Jr. to welcome him in debates if he is eligible

Former president Donald Trump said he has “no problem” with an independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. join him and the president Joe Biden on stage when Kennedy meets the criteria for the presidential debates in June and September.

“I wouldn’t have a problem if he met the threshold. But he’s very low and it looks like he’s going the other way, the wrong way,” Trump said in an interview with Charles Benson, WTMJ-TV Milwaukee’s chief political reporter. “I wouldn’t have a problem with it though. If he qualified, I wouldn’t have a problem.”

After months of speculation about whether Trump and Biden would even face each other, both campaigns decided on two debates on Wednesday, on June 27 and September 10.

Shortly after the debates concluded, RFK Jr. accused Trump and Biden of ‘conspiring’ to keep him off stage.

“They are trying to exclude me from their debate because they are afraid I might win,” Kennedy wrote a post on X.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  speaks (Sergio Flores / AFP - Getty Images)

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks (Sergio Flores / AFP – Getty Images)

Trump also told the NBC affiliate from Milwaukee that he would likely announce his vice presidential pick in the city this summer, referring to the Republican National Convention, which will take place there from July 15 to 18.

“That’s probably a pretty good shot, I’d say. I’m not saying everything is 100%, but you’re getting pretty close,” Trump said. “I’m going to do it in Milwaukee.”

This is the most explicit Trump has ever been about his timeline for making a vice presidential pick. In the meantime, potential contenders have been raising money with Trump and speaking on his behalf outside the New York courthouse where his criminal hush-money trial is being held.

Trump, who has said for months that Kennedy’s candidacy will hurt Biden’s chances more than his own, has stepped up his criticism of the independent candidate. In a video recently posted to Truth Social, Trump called Kennedy a “Democratic factory” and a “radical left liberal.”

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“He’s not a Republican, so don’t think you’re going to vote for him and feel good about it,” Trump said in the post.

Several polls have shown that Kennedy is getting more from each candidate. A recent national NBC News poll showed Kennedy receiving more support from voters who chose Trump in a head-to-head matchup with Biden.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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