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Donald Trump unaware of GOP event in Salt Lake City; says ‘we’ve had enough debates’

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 23:55:43-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- In separate press events Thursday night and Friday morning, Donald Trump cast doubt on whether there will be a debate between Republican presidential candidates in Salt Lake City.

"I think we've had enough debates. How many times do you have to give the same answer to the same question?" Donald Trump told reporters in Florida.

One reporter questioned him specifically about the Utah debate, asking: "Just to be clear, you're not going to be in Salt Lake City on March 21st for this next debate?"

Trump's response was: "I didn't know there was a next debate."

Meanwhile, the Utah Republican Party tells FOX 13 News at least 50,000 people have requested tickets to the debate via their website, and they anticipate it will still happen in spite of what Trump is telling reporters.

"Everything that we have been told is that it's all systems go," said Bryan Smith, Executive director of the Utah Republican Party, adding "We are excited just like we were yesterday and the day before that. The candidates who are running for president will show up and participate in the debate."

The Utah Republican Party has yet to announce the location of the Salt Lake City debate or notify those who will receive tickets. Smith says those details will be made public, "Any day now."