Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s nominee for president did not make the front page of the New England newspaper in New York on November 8.
The Times did cover Trump during his speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday, but not during the presidential debate, when he was asked by moderator Chris Wallace whether he agreed with the party’s platform.
Wallace then asked Trump whether he would be willing to withdraw the Republican platform if the party won the presidency in November.
The presumptive Republican nominee said he did not have any plans to do so, and instead reiterated his support for his party’s agenda.
He did not address Wallace’s questions about the platform during his acceptance speech.
In response to Trump’s refusal to address the convention, the Times noted that his refusal to do it might have given rise to “the perception that the nominee has been an insufferable buffoon”.
“The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump, does not appear to be a presidential candidate.
He is a politician with a clear, narrow vision of the Republican party’s future, and his refusal on Monday to answer questions from an audience of journalists in New England suggests he might have put off some of the most important decisions in his own life,” the paper wrote.
It added: “For a time, he appeared to be holding back on making himself available to debate the Republican nominee.”
The paper also noted that “his refusal to answer some of Mr Wallace’s toughest questions in a forum that was designed to help voters see through his character and campaign rhetoric, as well as to highlight his temperament, suggested he may have been looking to make a point by refusing to engage directly with the moderator.”
Trump is expected to face off against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November 8 election.
Trump was not among the more than 100 speakers at the convention.
He appeared on the ballot in New Hampshire on Monday night and was among the only Republicans to participate in the debate.
Trump’s speech was overshadowed by a video showing him slamming the Republican ticket and claiming that Clinton is a “corrupt” person.
He also referred to the Black Lives Matter movement as “radical Islamic terrorism”.
He was also asked about the US flag being lowered to half-mast at the US Capitol during a ceremony honoring former President Barack Obama.
Trump said that the flag had been lowered to “half-mast” for the first time in the US capital since the civil war.
He said that “there is no place” for it on the Capitol grounds and that it was time to remove it.
Trump also claimed that the military was being told by their leaders that they should stop paying for healthcare and other entitlements and instead rely on private insurance.
The New York real estate mogul has promised to make healthcare costs lower by lowering the cost of prescription drugs and cutting taxes for the wealthy.
“The Republican Party will stop taking away our freedoms and entitlements, and we will stop paying the price,” he said.
He added that his opponent would take away the power of the US Supreme Court and replace it with “people that believe that they’re above the law”.
On Tuesday, the New Hampshire senatorial campaign of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer announced it had raised $3.3m for the New Jersey senatorial race.
Schumer, a Democrat, is seeking a second term in the Senate and is looking to unseat retiring Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte in 2018.
“Our campaign is a true populist populist insurgent campaign with a populist message that includes Medicare for all, a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, an infrastructure bank and a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan,” Schumer said in a statement.