Campaign manager: Trump won’t attend final GOP debate before Iowa presidential caucuses

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Donald Trump and Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump’s campaign manager said Tuesday that Trump is skipping this week’s Republican  presidential debate.

The Republican candidates are set to square off in the Fox News debate Thursday night, their last debate before Monday’s Iowa caucuses.

Trump previously had said he may not show up. But campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said during a Tuesday evening news conference in Marshalltown, Iowa, that the GOP front-runner “will not be participating in the Fox News debate Thursday.”

Trump has criticized Fox News for “playing games” and for including anchor Megyn Kelly as a debate moderator. He says Kelly is a third-rate reporter who is bad at her job and shouldn’t be allowed to participate.

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