Trump is amazing. He has everyone talking about this debate appearance. Will it hurt him skipping the debate? Nothing else ever hurts Trump and this is certainly getting lots of publicity.
With Trump holding a fundraiser for Veterans in Iowa instead of debating there could be a ton of good will. It certainly is a big risk, but Trump definitely seems to know how to play the game.
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GOP frontrunner Donald Trump will ‘definitely not’ be participating in Fox News’s GOP debate on Thursday, according to the Trump campaign.
“He’s definitely not participating in the Fox News debate,” Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told The Washington Post. “His word is his bond.”
During a press conference on Tuesday evening, Trump told reporters he would hold an event to raise money for veterans instead of attending the debate.
Trump had called for Fox News’s Megyn Kelly to be removed as a debate moderator because he said she was not fair to him in the previous debate.
Also, Trump appeared to be upset by a “wise guy” press statement made by Fox News on Tuesday.
Before the Trump campaign said they would not participate in the Iowa confab, Fox News released the following statement to Mediaite:
We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president — a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.
Fox also backed Kelly in the dispute. “Megyn Kelly is an excellent journalist and the entire network stands behind her — she will absolutely be on the debate stage on Thursday night,” Roger Ailes added about the upcoming debate.
After Trump announced that he will not participate in the Fox News debate, his campaign released the following statement:
As someone who wrote one of the best-selling business books of all time, The Art of the Deal, who has built an incredible company, including some of the most valuable and iconic assets in the world, and as someone who has a personal net worth of many billions of dollars, Mr. Trump knows a bad deal when he sees one. FOX News is making tens of millions of dollars on debates, and setting ratings records (the highest in history), where as in previous years they were low-rated afterthoughts.
Unlike the very stupid, highly incompetent people running our country into the ground, Mr. Trump knows when to walk away. Roger Ailes and FOX News think they can toy with him, but Mr. Trump doesn’t play games. There have already been six debates, and according to all online debate polls including Drudge, Slate, Time Magazine, and many others, Mr. Trump has won all of them, in particular the last one. Whereas he has always been a job creator and not a debater, he nevertheless truly enjoys the debating process – and it has been very good for him, both in polls and popularity.
He will not be participating in the FOX News debate and will instead host an event in Iowa to raise money for the Veterans and Wounded Warriors, who have been treated so horribly by our all talk, no action politicians. Like running for office as an extremely successful person, this takes guts and it is the kind [of] mentality our country needs in order to Make America Great Again.