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Trump: ‘I won’t be there’ for Fox News debate in Salt Lake City

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Posted at 7:12 AM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 10:06:26-04

Donald Trump said Wednesday morning he will not be at the GOP presidential primary debate next week in Salt Lake City.

“I will say this. I will say this. I think we’ve had enough debates. We’ve had 11 or 12 debates. I did really well in the last one. I think I’ve done well in all the debates. I mean, according to Drudge and everybody else, I won the debates. But I think we’ve had enough. How many times can the same people ask you the same question? So I was very surprised when I heard that Fox called for a debate. Nobody told me about it and I won’t be there, no,” Trump said in a telephone interview on Fox & Friends.

Trump said he was already scheduled to give a speech for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

When asked if he would “consider reconsidering,” Trump said he “wouldn’t mind going to the debate,” but reiterated that he thinks there have been enough debates.

The Fox News Channel debate is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Monday at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Utah GOP officials tell FOX 13 the debate will be held regardless of Trump’s planned absence.

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