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While Donald Trump says he will confront every challenge head on, but apparently there is a challenger whom he doesnâ€™t want to face.
Many would be amazed to see the person who seems to have scared Donald Trump beyond any doubt. It is none other than a petite woman, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
The man who has been solidly countering every attack on him by his detractors including Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush besides others challenging him to bag the Republican presidential nomination seems to be scared of her.
Now as the second Republican debate of the year is set to be held tomorrow, January 28, Donald Trump has said that he is not going to participate in Thursdayâ€™s scheduled debate, escalating his off-and-on feud with Fox News Channel and throwing the GOP campaign into turmoil.
While many thought that it was like so many threats he has made in recent months about the Republican debates and that he will reverse it and join the debate, he seems to have toughened his stance. Trumpâ€™s assertion, which his campaign manager insisted was irreversible, came less than one week before the kickoff Iowa caucuses. He once again defied the conventional rules of politics, and used his power and prominence to shape the campaign agenda and conversation.
In the last few months the Republican debates have attracted the highest ratings on television and the enthusiasm is only on the rise. Many still believe that Trump will finally join the debate despite promising to boycott it.
While attacking the Fox News Trump said, â€œWhy should the networks continue to get rich on the debatesâ€¦Why do I have to make Fox rich?â€ The reality magnet said he would instead host a competing event in the state designed to raise money for wounded veterans.
Many Republican leaders are worried as it would be an unprecedented move if Trump withdrew from the debate at such a consequential moment on the primary calendar. Trump, who called his decision “pretty close to irrevocable” in the press conference, said he’d hold an Iowa event at the same time as the debate to raise money for wounded veterans. Iowa hosts the nation’s opening presidential primary contest on Monday.
He went on to add, â€œ”With me, they’re dealing with somebody that’s a little bit different. They can’t toy with me like they toy with everybody elseâ€¦Let them have their debate and let’s see how they do with the ratings.”
In the meantime the Republican National Committee said the decision was up to Trump. “Obviously we would love all of the candidates to participate but each campaign ultimately makes their own decision what’s it their best interest,” said RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer. Trump had suggested he might skip the Fox debate earlier in the day, drawing a sarcastic statement from the television network that “the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president.”