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Donald Trump:’I don’t think I have the kind of leverage I’d like to have in a deal and I don’t want to take the chance of hurting my campaign. So I’ll do the debate!’
Donald Trump is reluctantly agreeing to participate in the next Republican primary debate hosted by CNN on Dec. 15, after threatening to skip it if the network refused to pay him $5 million to attend.
“When you’re leading in the polls, I think it’s too big of a risk to not do the debate,” Trump told The Washington Post in a Thursday interview.
“I don’t think I have the kind of leverage I’d like to have in a deal and I don’t want to take the chance of hurting my campaign. So I’ll do the debate," the GOP front-runner continued.
“If I don’t do 'em, the problem will be, ‘Oh, he’s chicken, he’s using that as an excuse.’ Every single person doing the debate would knock the hell out of me and say I’m afraid to be there. The one thing I’m not in life is a chicken."
Trump’s decision to attend the debate comes after CNN President Jeff Zucker earlier Thursday said he won’t pay the billionaire businessman to participate.
“We do not pay candidates to appear" on the network, Zucker told BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith.
At a Monday rally in Georgia, Trump proposed CNN pay him $5 million to attend the debate, saying he would donate the money to wounded veterans.
“We are fools,” he told host Stephen K. Bannon on Sirius XM’s “Breitbart News Daily.”
“All he wants to talk about is climate change,” Trump said of Obama. "We’re like the dummies that everyone laughs at."
“[Obama] thinks that climate change is a far bigger problem than Russia loaded up with nukes, China doing what they’re doing in the [South China Sea] where they’re literally building up islands, building up fortresses,” he continued. "They have no respect for us.
Donald Trump’s classmates share their memories about his ‘Lord of the Flies’ days in military school
R epublican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has cited his high school experience at the New York Military Academy as having given him "more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military."
In recent weeks, Business Insider reached out to several of Trump's former classmates at the school. They paint a picture of Trump as a star athlete who rose to become one of the highest-ranked members of his class. They also hinted at regular hazing and fighting that went on at the academy.
According to his yearbook, Trump, who grew up in Queens, arrived at the school in upstate Cornwall, New York, in 1959. He graduated in 1964.