- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday he doesn’t plan on attending Monday’s GOP debate in Utah, citing a prior commitment to speak at a conference hosted by a major pro-Israel lobbying group.

“Well you know, I’ll be honest: Nobody even told me about it,” Mr. Trump said on “Fox and Friends.”

“I thought the last debate on CNN was the last debate — that was going to be it,” he said. “And I’m doing a major speech in front of a very important group of people, I think it’s 8- or 9,000 people that night, and it was scheduled awhile ago, and nobody told me there were going to be more debates.”

Mr. Trump is scheduled to speak at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference, which is taking place March 20-22.

“I think we’ve had enough debates,” he said. “How many times can the same people ask you the same question? So I was very surprised when I heard that Fox called for a debate. Nobody told me about it, and I won’t be there, no.”

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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