Donald Trump Backs RNC Suspending Partnership with NBC

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"We look forward to pursuing alternatives along with the RNC to ensure candidates are given ample opportunity to outline their vision for the future of our country," Trump's campaign said in a statement.

Donald Trump supports the RNC's decision to suspend its relationship with NBC following what numerous GOP candidates called outrageous questions during the recent debate hosted by CNBC.

Trump stands with the party's decision due to the "total lack of substance and respect exhibited during Wednesday’s night’s debate," according to a statement from his campaign. 

"We look forward to pursuing alternatives along with the RNC to ensure candidates are given ample opportunity to outline their vision for the future of our country," Trump's camp said in the statement. 

In a Friday letter to NBC News chairman Andy Lack, RNC chairman Reince Priebus said the GOP will not be participating in the planned Feb. 26 debate — citing the questions asked at the CNBC debate, which multiple candidates criticized during the event. 

Priebus also blasted CNBC immediately after the event. 

"While I was proud of our candidates and the way they handled tonight’s debate, the performance by the CNBC moderators was extremely disappointing and did a disservice to their network, our candidates and voters," Priebus said in a statement, according to reports.

NBC called the RNC's Friday announcement "disappointing." 

"However, along with our debate broadcast partners at Telemundo we will work in good faith to resolve this matter with the Republican Party," NBC said in a statement.

Although not solely involved, this is far from the first time Trump has butted heads with NBC. 

The billionaire businessman and the network cut ties over the summer after the former Apprentice host announced his candidacy for the White House, then made disparaging remarks about undocumented immigrants from Mexico. 

It just got worse from there. 

NBC then dropped Trump's Miss. Universe and Miss USA pageants, for which he filed suit. That chapter came to a close in September when Trump announced he "just purchased NBC’s half of The Miss Universe Organization and settled all lawsuits against them." 

The relationship between the two was repaired enough, as Trump was booked to host Saturday Night Live on Nov. 7. Numerous Latino and immigration advocacy groups have called on the network to drop Trump from the show. NBC has not responded to the outcry. 

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