Donald Trump has cancelled the debate he had planned to moderate with the current GOP presidential candidates.
Trump said he will not moderate the event to avoid a conflict of interest in light of the fact he may still pursue a potential independent presidential bid.
“It is very important to me that the right Republican candidate be chosen to defeat the failed and very destructive Obama Administration, but if that Republican, in my opinion, is not the right candidate, I am not willing to give up my right to run as an Independent candidate,” Trump said in a statement. “Therefore, so that there is no conflict of interest within the Republican Party, I have decided not to be the moderator of the Newsmax debate.”
Republican candidates Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, and Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, were the only GOP candidates to agree to appear.
“I would like to thank Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for having the courage, conviction, and confidence to immediately accept being a part of the Newsmax debate,” Trump said. “I believe this would not only have been the most watched debate, but also the most substantive and interesting debate!”