Donald Trump Won't Participate in GOP Debate on Thursday, Fox News Fires Back
The billionaire businessman has repeatedly criticized the political commentator and host of The Kelly File since the first GOP primary debate in August when Kelly, with the initial question of the event, asked Trump about his previous sexist, degrading remarks toward women.
Trump released an addition statement Tuesday night, reiterating his boycott.
pic.twitter.com/SmTkLPiBYD— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2016
Fox News responded Tuesday night, calling Trump's decision to not participate in the debate "near unprecedented."
"Trump is still welcome at Thursday night’s debate and will be treated fairly, just as he has been during his 132 appearances on FOX News & FOX Business, but he can’t dictate the moderators or the questions," Fox News said in a statement.
Still, the network made clear it would not respond to threats, "including the one leveled by Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski toward Megyn Kelly," according to the statement. "In a call on Saturday with a Fox News executive, Lewandowski stated that Megyn had a ‘rough couple of days after that last debate’ and he ‘would hate to have her go through that again.’ Lewandowski was warned not to level any more threats, but he continued to do so. We can’t give in to terrorizations toward any of our employees."
A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment to the latest Fox News statement.