Donald Trump ripped CNBC for trying to host a three and a half hour debate, suggesting “in about two minutes I re-negotiated it down to two hours so we can get the hell out of here.”
During Wednesday night’s GOP debate, Trump praised CNBC for caving to his and Ben Carson’s demands to shorten the debate.
When moderator John Harwood attempted to rebut Trump, Trump insisted, “That was not right. That is absolutely not right. You know that, that is not right.”
Donald Trump: Our country doesn’t win anymore. We have used to win, we don’t win anymore. We lose on trade. We lose with ISIS. We lost with one of the worst deals I have ever seen negotiated of any kind. That’s our recent catastrophe with Iran. We don’t win. Let me give you a terrific example. These folks at CNBC, they had it down to three and a half hours. I just read in “The New York Times,” $250,000 for a third-second ad. I went out and said that’s ridiculous. I could stand up here all night. Nobody wants to watch three and a half or three hours. It was a big sacrifice. And I have to hand it to Ben, we called Ben, he was with me 100 percent. We called in, we said, “That’s it, we’re not doing it.” They lost a lot of money, everybody said it couldn’t be done. Everybody said it would be three hours, three and a half, including them. And in about two minutes I re-negotiated it down to two hours so we can get the hell out of here. Not bad. And I’ll do that with the country. We will make, we will make America great again, and thank you everybody.
John Harwood: Just for the record, the debate was always going to be two hours.
Trump: That was not right. That is absolutely not right. You know that, that is not right.