Donald Trump will “definitely” skip Thursday’s GOP debate due to a deepening fight with the Fox News Channel, according to his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, CNN reports.
“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. Read more at CNN MONEY.