Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump kept his word to boycott Thursday night's main GOP debate. He cited his continuing feud with Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly. Now, we'll give the recap of Trump's counter-debate in Des Moines.
Here's everything you need to know about Trump's fundraiser event called "Special Event for Veterans."
CNN said it would also cover the event as a live news coverage only. Moreover, other conservative cable news channels are all committed to cover Trump's event during the Fox debate.
Spokesperson of Trump, Corey Lewandoski, said they invited numerous media organizations to cover the fundraiser event. He added that the event is open to all, and if networks want to broadcast it, they would welcome the opportunity.
Trump skipped the Fox News GOP debate as the Iowa caucuses come close. "No, I'm not doing it," the Republican front-runner said in a statement. He added that his decision is firm, and it is now too late to change his mind.
Instead, Trump had his own rally in another area of Des Moines. The event honored veterans and gave the stage to Trump as he conducts his "counter-debate." The business tycoon also donated $1 million from his money to help veterans' causes, and he raised more than $5 million for the brave heroes.
In a statement after the rally, One of Trump's spokespersons said that if Fox News "wanted to join in that effort and make a contribution Mr. Trump would have welcomed that," Telegraph.co.uk published.
At the center of Trump's dispute with Fox News is his long disdain for Fox anchor Megyn Kelly. Trump said the anchor is biased against him after a tough line of questioning during the first GOP debate last year. The tension escalated last week as Trump's supporters call for the removal of Kelly to the Fox News debate.
For Kelly, she has stayed above the fray in not getting in the mud with Trump.
Meanwhile, the Fox-news-sponsored primary debate featured Republican hopefuls like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Rand Paul.
"Undercard" debate participants Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee attended Trump's event after their appearance in Fox news, according to The Guardian.