Presidential candidate Donald Trump said he is "most likely" not going to participate in Thursday's night Republican debate hosted by FOX News Channel and moderated in part by Megyn Kelly. Trump made the comments at a Tuesday evening press conference in Marshalltown, Iowa.
Trump said he would probably hold a charity event a charity event to raise money for veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project.
DONALD TRUMP: I told FOX you should give money to the Wounded Warriors. I'm not a fan of Megyn Kelly. I think she's a third-rate reporter, frankly, not good at what she does. They could do a lot better than Megyn Kelly. I'm going to make a decision with FOX but i probably won't bother doing the debate. they picked me as number one. Not only number one, number one by far.
Probably I won't be doing the debate. I'm going to have something else in Iowa, do something where we raise money for the veterans and the wounded warriors. We're going to do something simultaneously with the debate. Most likely I'm not going to do the debate...
I don't know what games Roger Ailes is playing, but what's wrong over there, something's wrong. But when they sent out that press release talking about, I said why are these people playing games? Most likely I won't be doing the debate.
Update @7:20pm ET: Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has confirmed the candidate will not appear at Thursday's primetime debate.