Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly told “Good Morning America” Friday Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has not committed to the March 3 Fox News GOP debate after he sat out the previous contest Jan. 28. However, Trump said there should not be any questions about his plans.
“I’ll be there. I have no objection to being there,” the candidate told Newsmax's Steve Malzberg on “The Steve Malzberg Show” in an interview that is scheduled to air in full Friday at 7 p.m. EST.
Some have speculated the New Hampshire primary front-runner's ongoing feud with Kelly, who will moderate next month's debate in Detroit alongside Bret Baier and Chris Wallace, might discourage Trump from participating, but Trump said Kelly was not the reason he skipped the January debate.
“That had nothing to do with Megyn Kelly, the fact that I went out of the last one,” Trump said. “It had to do with a memo that was sent out by Fox that was a little bit taunting, and I said it was inappropriate. And what happened, is because I didn’t do it, I raised $6 million for the vets. So I wouldn’t have changed places. I mean, I did the right thing."
Trump's assurances come after earlier comments that seemed to imply his participation in the upcoming debate may be in doubt.
“It's a long ways away. We'll see,” the GOP front-runner told CNNMoney during a press conference in New Hampshire Tuesday night.
Watch a clip from Donald Trump's appearance on "The Steve Malzberg Show" below:
Trump made headlines when he opted out of the Jan. 28 debate after complaining Fox News, and Kelly in particular, were treating him unfairly. As for Kelly, the Republican front-runner's feud with the anchor dates back to the first GOP debate Aug. 6 in Cleveland where Kelly grilled Trump on his treatment of women.
After coming in second behind Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the Iowa caucuses last Monday, Trump admitted skipping the final debate before the primary may have been a mistake.
“[The reason for coming in second] could've been with the debate,” Trump acknowledged to reporters in New Hampshire Tuesday. “I think some people were disappointed that I didn't go into the debate.”
Trump does not plan on disappointing his supporters this time around.