Trump Sitting Out GOP Debate Hosted by FOX

Trump Sitting Out GOP Debate Hosted by FOX

"As many of our viewers know, Fox News is hosting a sanctioned debate in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday night, three days before the first votes of the 2016 election are cast in the Iowa Caucus", the statement reads.

Less than an hour after Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said he plans on boycotting Thursday's debate on Fox News, Sen.

U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said that he will not participate in a Fox News debate after the network sent out a press release, which according to him was "derogatory".

In the meantime the Republican National Committee said the decision was up to Trump. Ted Cruz for the nomination.

"Trump knows a bad deal when he sees one".

Trump attempted to use his ratings pull as leverage against Fox when the he announced that he would "most likely" skip Thursday's debate.

"I think every candidate for president owes it to the voters, and in particular owes it to the men and women of Iowa, to go and humble yourself and put yourself before them and answer their hard questions", Cruz said.

"She gets out and starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions", Trump told Lemon.

"You once told a contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice" [that] it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Blood coming out of her - wherever".

For her part, Kelly went on to say she wouldn't apologize to Trump and "for doing good journalism".

But apparently he didn't like their advice.

A network spokesman issued the first statement soon after, wryly setting up a scenario where Trump was conducing Twitter polls in the Oval Office.

Trump has been in an open feud with television host and debate moderator Megyn Kelly, who the real estate mogul has accused of being unfair and a "third-rate reporter".

"Capitulating to politicians' ultimatums about a debate moderator violates all journalistic standards", the network said.

Trump representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"Not a chance he or she won't show", author Harlan Coben tweeted on Tuesday, in reference to both Trump and Kelly. Cruz his main GOP rival criticised Trump for his decision and challenged him for a one-o-one debate. But his blessing comes the same day that Trump, who is eager to shore up his bona fides with evangelicals in Iowa as well, released the backing of Jerry Falwell Jr., a venerated Christian leader and the president of Liberty University.

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