Trump pulls outside Of Republican debate at IowaUOL Notícias #Ingl_SpanholFebruary 11, 2019
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa/IOWA CITY, Iowa (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump withdrew on Tuesday from a debate with party rivals this week out of anger at host Fox News , leaving the last encounter before Iowa’s pivotal nominating contest without the front-runner.
Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told reporters after a combative news conference held by the candidate that Trump would definitely not be participating in the debate scheduled for Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa, and co-hosted by Google .
During the news conference before he addressed a large crowd in Marshalltown, Iowa, Trump expressed irritation that Fox News planned to leave in place as a moderator the anchor Megyn Kelly, whose questioning of Trump at a debate last August angered him.
The debate is scheduled for just days before Iowa’s caucuses on Monday, the first nominating contest for the Nov. 8 presidential election.
The network added that Trump remains welcome to participate in the Thursday night debate.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush criticized Trump on Twitter, saying: “exactly” in response to a conservative commentator who cast doubt on whether Trump could run against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton if he were afraid of Kelly.
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But the Democratic National Committee raised doubts about whether it would proceed, saying in a statement it had no plans to sanction the debate.
“How many debates do you have to do?”
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Ginger Gibson; Additional reporting by Eric Walsh in Washington and Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by Peter Cooney and Simon Cameron-Moore)