When Trump announced this morning that he wouldn’t be in attendance at Fox News’ debate this week, they were scrambling. Now, they’re fuming after they were forced to cancel the debate entirely.
Monday night’s Republican debate in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been cancelled, according to the local Fox affiliate.
Donald Trump said this morning that ‘we’ve had enough debates’ and planned to skip the next one, which was to be sponsored by Fox News and moderated by his foe Megyn Kelly.
The Republican frontrunner, who won every contest last night except for Ohio, Gov. John Kasich’s home state, instead booked a speech at AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Kasich, riding high after his home state win last night, said he wouldn’t participate without the party’s frontrunner.
Fox News Channel’s executive vice president of news Michael Clemente soon issued a statement.
‘On Feb. 20, the Republican National Committee announced that a GOP presidential primary debate would be held on March 21 in Salt Lake City,’ Clemente said.
‘They offered that debate to Fox News Channel to host, provided there were enough candidates actively campaigning,’ he said.
‘This morning, Donald Trump announced he would not be participating in the debate. Shortly afterward, John Kasich’s campaign announced that without Trump at the debate, Kasich would not participate,’ Clemente continued.
‘Ted Cruz has expressed a willingness to debate Trump or Kasich – or both. But obviously, there needs to be more than one participant. So the Salt Lake City debate is cancelled,’ Clemente’s statement concluded.
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