By B. Christopher Agee. Though his son predicted the opposite during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump revealed later that day that he will likely skip Thursday night’s debate.
“I think ultimately he’ll be there,” Eric Trump said of his father, despite the candidate’s prior insinuations otherwise.
Since the first presidential primary debate, which, like the next one, was hosted by Fox News, Trump has nursed a very public feud with network anchor Megyn Kelly.
Earlier this week, Trump revealed he had considered boycotting the upcoming debate due to the Kelly File host’s inclusion as a moderator.
“Well, I’m making a decision,” he said at the time. “I think [Kelly is] not a professional. I don’t think she’s a very talented person. I don’t think she is a good reporter. I think they could do a lot better than that.”
Following Fox News’ release of the official prime-time debate lineup, once again set to feature Trump behind a center-stage podium, the unconventional front-runner told a crowd in Iowa that he is leaning toward skipping Thursday’s event. (Read more from “Right After Fox News Announced Debate Lineup, Trump Campaign Makes HUGE Announcement” HERE)
Cruz Challenges Trump to One-On-One Debate
By Ben Schreckinger. Ted Cruz criticized Donald Trump’s withdrawal from Thursday night’s presidential debate and challenged the businessman to debate one-on-one in the coming days.
“Give the Republican primary voters the right to see a fair and policy-focused debate, not simply insults,” Cruz said on the Mark Levin radio show Tuesday night.
He proposed a 90-minute debate to happen before the Iowa caucuses on Monday.
Earlier on Tuesday, Trump said at a press conference here that he would not participate in Thursday’s Fox News debate because he believes co-moderator Megyn Kelly is biased against him and because he found Fox’s response to his concerns childish.
Cruz said that decision cast doubt on Trump’s ability to serve as commander in chief. “If he thinks Megyn Kelly is so scary what exactly does he think he’d do with Vladimir Putin?” asked the senator. (Read more from “Cruz Challenges Trump to One-On-One Debate” HERE)
Trump Says He’ll Cut Deals With Pelosi, Schumer
By Sandy Fitzgerald. Donald Trump Tuesday morning said he believes he’ll be able to cut deals in the House and Senate, as he’s always had a good relationship with key Democratic lawmakers like California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, and outgoing Nevada Sen. Harry Reid.
“It’s wonderful to say you’re a maverick, and you’re going to stand up and close up the country, but you have to get somebody to go along with you,” the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, taking a dig at his nearest rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. (Read more from “Trump Says He’ll Cut Deals With Pelosi, Schumer” HERE)