Amid a feud with Fox News, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump announced that he will skip Thursday night’s GOP Debate, hosted by the network, and instead he will host a fundraiser for veterans in Des Moines, Iowa.
Trump’s “Special Event for Veterans” is scheduled for 9 p.m. EDT Thursday, the same time as the main debate, and Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNNMoney “All networks will be present and have the opportunity to carry live.”
CBS announced that it will be streaming Trump’s event live online Thursday, and C-Span announced on Twitter that it will have full coverage of the event.
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 28, 2016
While a CNN spokesperson said the network would only carry the fundraiser as a live news event if it has “news value,” the cable news channel One America News will cover the event in its entirety.
OAN channel president Charles Herring told CNN Money that the channel has “positioned a satellite transmission truck at the event for multiple camera, broadcast quality live coverage,” and they are “getting flooded with inquiries” from viewers, indicating that, “Clearly, there is high demand for tonight’s event.”
GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee have announced that they will also be attending Trump’s event after participating in Fox’s “undercard debate” earlier in the evening.