The Latest: Trump says he WILL NOT debate Thursday – Will Do a Simultaneous Event


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The last straw with Donald was this press release from Fox Network Ceo, Roger Ailes…

“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.” [CNN Money, 1/26/16]

The unabashed political bias of Fox caused the standoff, and Trump refused to blink!

Said Trump: “I didn’t like the fact that they sent out press releases toying, talking about Putin and playing games. I don’t know what games Roger Ailes is playing.”

He will most likely will do a separate platform on another TV network for the people of Iowa and donate the proceeds to Wounded Warriors.

“It’s not under negotiation,” Lewandowski told reporters Tuesday evening.

Instead of attending the debate, “We’ll have an event here in Iowa, with potentially another network, to raise money for wounded warriors,” he said. “And Fox will go from probably having 24 million viewers to about 2 million.”

Lewandowski ruled out Trump’s participation just a few minutes after Trump himself said he would “most likely” hold a competing event in Iowa during the debate.

“Let’s see how much money Fox is going to make on the debate without me, okay?” Trump said, asserting that the ratings will sink if he’s not there.

Trump said he was outraged by a “wiseguy” Fox press release that mocked him earlier in the day.

Now Fox News and Trump are at loggerheads. Political observers immediately wondered whether Trump was bluffing. Media analysts asked whether Fox would leave an empty podium at center stage during Thursday’s event, which is the last GOP debate before the all-important Iowa caucuses.

Fox had no immediate response to Trump.

The fracas escalated quickly Tuesday, but was the culmination of months of tension between the GOP frontrunner and the Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

Kelly challenged Trump during Fox’s first debate back in August and will be back in one of the moderator chairs on Thursday. Trump says she is biased and shouldn’t be allowed to moderate. Fox rejects that; on Monday the network said Trump is just “fearful” of the TV host.

The disagreement came to a head on Tuesday afternoon. Around 1 p.m. Trump polled his fans on Twitter, asking, “Should I do the GOP debate?”

The poll suggested a real reluctance to attend, perhaps because Trump, as the frontrunner, arguably has the most to lose on Thursday night. The respondents were evenly split, with about half saying he should skip it.

In an Instagram video that coincided with his poll, Trump said, “Megyn Kelly’s really biased against me. She knows that, I know that, everybody knows that. Do you really think she can be fair at a debate?”

Fox interpreted his video as a serious escalation in an ongoing war of words.

“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,” the statement said.

 

When Trump read the statement, he shot back with a tweet, calling it a “pathetic attempt by Fox News to try and build up ratings for the #GOPDebate.”

He added, “Without me they’d have no ratings!”

6:35 p.m.

Trump’s campaign manager has confirmed he will not be doing the Iowa caucus on Fox. He will most likely will do a separate platform on another TV network for the people of Iowa and donate the proceeds to Wounded Warriors.

 

5:40 p.m.

Donald Trump says he probably will not participate in the next Republican presidential debate.

 

The Republican candidates are set to square off in the Fox News debate Thursday night, their last debate before Monday’s Iowa caucuses.

But Trump told a Tuesday news conference he most likely won’t show up.

Trump is criticizing Fox News for “playing games” and for including anchor Megyn Kelly as a debate moderator. He says Kelly is a third-rate reporter who is bad at her job and shouldn’t be allowed to participate.

Trump says Fox will make a fortune off the debate and that he asked the network to donate to wounded veterans groups.

Instead of the debate, Trump says he will probably hold his own event in Iowa for wounded veterans.

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5:35 p.m.

New Hampshire’s largest newspaper is teaming up with MSNBC to host a final Democratic debate in the state before the Feb. 9 primary. But the two major candidates — Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton — have yet to say whether they’ll participate.

The Democratic National Committee has not commented on the proposed debate, to be held in New Hampshire on Feb. 4. The party sanctioned six primary debates and previously threatened to punish any candidates for participating in non-sanctioned debates.

So far only Martin O’Malley says he’ll participate.

Union Leader Editor Trent Spiner says the debate comes in response to “overwhelming” calls from New Hampshire residents for another opportunity to evaluate the candidates side by side.

More than 100 prominent New Hampshire Democrats formed a group last year to push for more debates in the state. The only New Hampshire debate was held before Christmas.

Spiner says MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd will moderate the debate alongside a local reporter.

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5:05 p.m.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says he won’t attack Republican rival Donald Trump. But Cruz’s surrogates aren’t making the same pledge.

Christian conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats exchanged a series of testy messages with Trump over Twitter on Tuesday. And at a Cruz rally in Ottumwa, Iowa, Vander Plaats bashed Trump for describing his supporters as so loyal that he could “shoot somebody” and not lose support, and for saying in a previous interview that he had never sought forgiveness from God.

Cruz backer and Iowa congressman Steve King is meanwhile telling voters that the race in his state has come down to either Cruz or Trump.

King told voters gathered at a historic church in Bloomfield, Iowa, that they don’t know what Trump’s “core beliefs are” and they “don’t know what he’ll do tomorrow.”

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4:20 p.m.

An Arizona sheriff known far beyond his home state for his efforts to crack down on illegal immigration has joined Donald Trump on the campaign trail in Iowa.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio appeared with the Republican candidate at a Tuesday rally as Trump’s campaign touted the sheriff’s support.

Trump’s immigration policy proposals include building a wall across the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border and deporting everyone who lives in the U.S. illegally.

Arpaio has joined legal efforts to fight President Barack Obama’s plan to spare millions of people from deportation, though the U.S. Supreme court last week refused to hear his appeal of a lower court ruling that said the sheriff has no legal basis to challenge the program.

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3:25 p.m.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says the 2016 election is “not just about beating up on other Republicans,” but ultimately about bringing the party together.

Rubio is honing a largely positive closing message with Iowa Republican caucus voters during a robust day of campaigning six days before the leadoff 2016 contest.

He says he understands and shares their frustration, but insists “being angry is not a plan.”

Source: US News

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