WASHINGTON, May 15 — US President Joe Biden said today he is willing to debate Republican presidential rival Donald Trump twice before the November 5 election.

“Donald Trump lost two debates to me in 2020. Since then he hasn’t shown up for a debate,” Biden said in a video message posted on X. “Now he’s acting like he wants to debate me again. Make my day pal. I’ll even do it twice.”

The Democratic president took a swipe at Trump’s legal troubles in the video with an oblique reference to the court schedule in Trump’s hush money trial in New York.

“So let’s pick the dates Donald. I hear you’re free on Wednesdays,” Biden said.

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The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump, who refused to debate his rivals in the Republican primary race, has in recent weeks been challenging Biden to engage in a one-on-one match-up with him, offering to debate the incumbent Democrat “anytime, anywhere, anyplace.” — Reuters

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