President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE said he’s disappointed he’ll miss watching the Democratic presidential debate Thursday night while he attends a GOP House retreat but that he plans to record it and watch it as a “rerun.”

“It’s too bad I’m going to miss it. I’m going to have to have it somehow taped,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for the Republican retreat in Baltimore.

“I’m going to have to watch it as a rerun,” he added.

Ten Democratic presidential contenders are set to take the debate stage in Houston at 8 p.m. EDT. The debate, which is expected to last three hours, marks the first time that all top contenders for taking on Trump in 2020 will appear on the debate stage together.


The president occasionally sends tweets during the Democratic debates attacking his potential rivals and defending criticisms from those on stage.

But Trump will be in Baltimore speaking to the House Republican conference for at least part of Thursday’s debate. He is scheduled to return to the White House later Thursday night.

The president predicted as he departed the White House that either former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) or Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) — the three front-runners in most polls — will win the nomination.

“I don’t expect too much difference,” he said of his expectations for the debate. “You have three people that are leading, I sort of think that those three people are going to take it to the end. It’s going to be one of those three, I think. But you never know in politics.”

Trump added that he respects “all” of the candidates appearing on Thursday night’s debate stage.

“I respect all of them,” he said. “Let me tell you, it takes a lot of courage to run for office. I respect all of them.”

“See that? I’m getting to be much better as a politician, you never thought you’d hear that answer,” he added with a smile.

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