Donald Trump has said he will be backing out of the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses.
The decision was announced on Tuesday evening by Mr Trump’s campaign manager – just 48 hours before the Fox News debate.
Mr Trump’s campaign released a statement saying: “Unlike the very stupid, highly incompetent people running our country, Mr Trump knows when to walk away. FOX news think they can toy with him, but Mr Trump doesn’t play games.”
Some analysts said Trump is using his tiff with Kelly as an excuse to skip the debate. This theory postulates that he doesn’t want to go head to head with Cruz just a few days before the caucuses.
At the end of the day, Fox said Trump “is still welcome” at the debate “and will be treated fairly,” but the network also slammed Trump for “viciously” attacking Kelly and accused Lewandowski of threatening her.