Skipping Republican debate, Trump touts millions raised for veterans

Skipping Republican debate, Trump touts millions raised for veterans

Trump had threatened to boycott Thursday's debate if Fox stuck with plans for Kelly to moderate again but later said it was a sarcastic statement from the network that was the final straw. The New York billionaire has said on Tuesday he "most likely" would not take part in the Fox News debate, which his campaign later made more definitive in a statement, due to his ongoing feud with the network and Megyn Kelly. "Since then they've been excellent, they've been very nice, but it's too late", he told CNN's Brianna Keilar.

CNN has reached out to Fox News for comment.

Donald Trump was absent from Thursday night's GOP debate in Iowa, but the GOP front-runner still dominated the conversation during the forum's first five minutes.

"Let me say I'm a maniac, and everyone on this stage is stupid, fat and ugly", Cruz deadpanned. "You have to stick up for yourself, you have to fight for yourself and you have to fight for your country". "He's probably looking for me", Trump said of Bush, who often contrasts himself with Trump.

Cruz, who is second to Trump in Iowa polls, elicited groans from the crowd when he took issue with the attacks other candidates directed his way and blamed the moderators' questions.

Donald Trump did not hold back one bit at his Iowa rally to raise money for veterans. Rubio also stood by his previous calls for shutting down mosques in the U.S if there were indications that the Muslim religious centers were being used to radicalize terrorists. "We have to stick up for ourselves as people and we have to stick up for our country if we're being mistreated".

The website set up to collect donations already claims to have raised more than $380,000, funds which are being funneled through the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

Trump's event ran parallel to a televised debate that attracted his top-tier GOP competitors.

"It's not about Trump", Rubio said. Marco Rubio squared off over immigration policy in the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum joined Trump at the event.

But his absence on the stage in Des Moines, where seven of his rivals in the race to be Republican presidential nominee, was keenly felt.

The pair, social conservatives who have always been at odds with the more mainstream Republican establishment, had been relegated to the Fox News "undercard" debate of the candidates with low polling taking place earlier than the full-blown debate.

Taiwan President told: Cool it
Tsai also wants to build ties with the United States, and by declining to join Ma's trip she avoided being netted in the U.S. Washington's de-facto embassy in Taiwan, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), called the action " extremely unhelpful ".