Donald Trump will "definitely not" participate in a planned television debate between the Republican presidential candidates in the United States on Thursday.
The debate to be broadcasted on the TV channel Fox News on Thursday, just four days before the first nominating election in the state of Iowa.
At a press conference during a campaign event in Iowa on Tuesday Trump suggested that he would withdraw from the debate. An hour later it was confirmed to Washington Post by Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. He stated that the presidential candidate "definitely would not participate in the debate on Fox News."
The decision to sit out the debate fits into a protracted conflict between Trump and Fox News. Trump has accused Megyn Kelly, who is supposed to be one of the debate leaders on Thursday for opposing him.
- I do not think she can treat me fairly. I'm not a big fan of her, said Trump to CNN on Tuesday.
Kelly led the first debate between the Republican presidential candidates in August and had a fallout with Trump.
Following the debate, Trump suggested that Kelly had treated him unfairly because she had her period.
Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes, is clear in his support for the journalist.
- Megyn Kelly is an outstanding journalist, and the whole channel is behind her. She will definitely be on stage during the debate Tuesday night, he said.
Trump has lately increased his lead over his rivals in the race to become the Republican presidential candidate. According to a new poll that ORC conducted for CNN, 41 percent of Republican voters said that they want Trump for president, while 19 percent want Ted Cruz.
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