Donald Trump to Negotiate Own Debate Terms With Networks
This follows wide criticism of CNBC's moderators after last week's GOP debate.
Donald Trump will not be teaming with his fellow GOP presidential candidates in their effort to negotiate demands for future debates.
Following wide criticism of the moderators at CNBC's Republican primary debate last week, several of the candidates asked Trump to join them in drafting a letter to network executives setting ground rules for future debates.
But Trump's campaign manager tells The Hollywood Reporter that Trump will continue to negotiate directly with networks about debate protocol, as he has done with the three debates thus far.
"As we have for the previous three debates, the Trump campaign will continue to negotiate directly with the host network to establish debate criteria that will determine Mr. Trump’s participation," the rep said in a statement. "This is no different than the process that occurred prior to the FOX, CNN, and CNBC debates."
Following Trump's decision, John Kasich and Chris Christie followed suit and also declined to participate in the joint negotiation.
Trump and other candidates had complained during the CNBC debate about the event's questions. Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus said the network's moderators "should be ashamed" of their performance, leading to the party suspending its partnership with NBC News.