Donald Trump says it was Fox News itself, not Megyn Kelly, that led him to skip the cable network’s upcoming Republican debate.
The GOP frontrunner tweeted Wednesday that “It was the childishly written & taunting PR statement by Fox that made me not do the debate, more so than lightweight reporter” Megyn Kelly.
Trump polled his Twitter followers Tuesday about whether he should take part in the debate, given his issues with Kelly, one of the debate’s moderators. (He has taken several shots at her since she grilled him in an August debate on his past statements about women.)
After his Twitter poll, Fox issued the snarky statement:
We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president. A nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.
Trump responded by insulting Fox News and bowing out of the debate.
However, he is scheduled to appear on tonight’s “O’Reilly Factor” — on Fox News.
It was the childishly written & taunting PR statement by Fox that made me not do the debate, more so than lightweight reporter, @megynkelly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2016