The battle between Fox News and Donald Trump appears to have been somewhat reignited this week as the current GOP frontrunner’s campaign declared its intent to skip a Wednesday candidate town hall event due to what the Trump campaign is calling a scheduling conflict.
The event is to be hosted by Fox News personality, Megyn Kelly, who has for months been among Mr. Trump’s most consistent critics on the top-rated cable news network.
“The campaign has a previous engagement in Virginia and then New York, which could not be rescheduled,” Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks said in an email to The Hollywood Reporter. “Given this was just proposed at the last minute, it was not possible to change our plans in order to attend.”
That was the official word from Team Trump.
Trump’s absence will no doubt lessen the viewership of the town hall program, but the more pertinent question will be if his absence will negatively impact his performance for the Super Tuesday primary elections the following week. Many have suggested Donald Trump’s sudden departure from a Fox-hosted GOP debate just days before the Iowa Caucus might very well have cost him a victory in that state.
Megyn Kelly admitted the town hall event was in fact put together on short notice:
Trump’s team is correct-we only scheduled this last-minute. They were very polite & we’re happy we’ll see him in MI
Is the above statement Kelly’s admission and understanding of the Trump campaign’s inability to scramble prior campaign event engagements, or was the town hall actually scheduled to create the very conflict with the Trump campaign’s schedule in the first place? (rumors are already spreading that the Kelly program purposely chose a day this week on which Mr. Trump had two important, already scheduled engagements.)
Trump has reconfirmed his intention to be at the scheduled Fox News GOP debate in Detroit, Michigan on March 3rd – two days after the Super Tuesday primary.
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