-- Donald Trump announced yesterday that he will not participate in tomorrow's Fox News debate and he has not yet changed his mind about the event, the last before the Iowa Caucuses.
Instead of appearing on stage with his presidential competitors, Trump said he will host a "special event to benefit veterans organizations" at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Trump's event is set for 8 p.m. CST -- the same time as the debate.
“He will...raise money for the Veterans and Wounded Warriors, who have been treated so horribly by our all talk, no action politicians,” the Trump campaign said in a statement released Tuesday night.
Lewandowski also claimed this morning on MSNBC that other campaigns have “asked us proactively” to participate in the event and that “it’s very possible” that other candidates could skip the debate as well.
On her show last night, Kelly stood firm: “Mr. Trump has repeatedly brought up that exchange as evidence of alleged bias on my part. I maintain it was a tough but fair question and we agreed to disagree.”
Fox News does not plan on having an empty podium at tomorrow's debate. If Trump follows through on his threat, Trump's podium will be removed and Cruz will take center stage.