Donald Trump told FOX & Friends this morning he wouldn't be participating in any more Republican primary debates. Trump said he wouldn't be attending the debate due to a prior commitment, a speech at AIPAC. Trump also said, "I think we have had enough debates."
Recently Trump has signaled he would not attend future Republican primary debates, which includes the March 21 event in Salt Lake City. However, today he confirmed the threat.
"I will say this. I think we have had enough debates. We have had 11 or 12 debates. I did really well on the last one. I think I have done well in all the debates. According to Drudge and everybody else I have won the debates. How many times can the same people ask you the same question?" Trump said on Wednesday's FOX & Friends.
"So I was very surprised when I heard that fox called for a debate. nobody told me about it. I won't be there, no," Trump announced.
"So you will not be going to the debate?" FOX News' Brian Kilmeade asked Trump to clarify.
"No, I'm making a very major speech in front of an important group of people," Trump said.
"You're done with all debates?" FOX & Friends asked Trump.
"I think it's enough," Trump responded. "I mean, I don't mind it. I don't mind the process of debating and it turned out thatIi do it well."
UPDATE: The FOX News Channel has announced they are canceling the debate. Full statement from the network:
"On Feb. 20, the Republican National Committee announced that a GOP presidential primary debate would be held on March 21 in Salt Lake City. They offered that debate to Fox News Channel to host, provided there were enough candidates actively campaigning. 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. 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."