This will do nothing to cool the so-called feud between Donald Trump and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
On Monday, the network announced that Kelly will be hosting a two-hour “voter summit” on Wednesday with the catchy title, “The Kelly File: Face to Face with Candidates.”
Except for one little detail: It will be missing the party’s frontrunner, and winner of this weekend’s South Carolina primaries… The Donald himself.
Interestingly the Fox New press release doesn’t mention Trump at all, only saying that, “Four of the Five Remaining Candidates Confirmed to Participate in the Two-Hour Primetime Event.”
Trump’s campaign told TheWrap via email that the billionaire business mogul is simply all booked up.
“The campaign has a previous engagement in Virginia and then New York, which could not be rescheduled,” a campaign spokesperson said. “Given this was just proposed at the last minute it was not possible to change our plans in order to attend. Mr. Trump looks forward to participating in the next FOX News debate.”
Trump skipped FNC’s GOP debate in January citing Kelly, one of the moderators, as the reason for his absence.
“I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly. I don’t think she’s very good at what she does. She’s highly overrated,” Trump said at the time.
The January Trump-less debate on Fox News drew 12.5 million total viewers, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers, making it the second-lowest-rated Republican debate.