Donald Trump Touts Stephen Colbert Ratings in Beef With Fox News

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"Mr. Trump stands by his statement made earlier today."

Donald Trump turned to an unlikely source on Wednesday to help him in his one-upmanship of Fox News: Stephen Colbert.

Trump began the morning by announcing he would no longer be appearing on the Fox News Channel "for the foreseeable future" because he felt slighted by its treatment during his Republican run for president.

Fox News contends Trump had an upcoming interview on The O'Reilly Factor, which was canceled by the show for an unspecified reason, and that is what set off the billionaire business mogul. 

Later in the day, Trump defended his original comments about his Fox News boycott and proceeded to hit back by — what else? — boasting about his poll numbers and TV guest ratings.

"Mr. Trump stands by his statement made earlier today. As a candidate for President of the United States and the definitive frontrunner in every poll, both nationally and statewide, including the just released poll in the state of Florida, Mr. Trump expects to be treated fairly," according to a statement released to the media. "All you have to do is look at the tremendous ratings last night from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where Mr. Trump was the guest, or the ratings from both debates, to fully understand the facts."

The former Apprentice host's Tuesday night appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert gave the recently relaunched late-night flagship its best ratings since its Sept. 8 premiere.