Trump Considers Asking CNN For $5 Million Donation In Order To Participate In Next Debate

| by Jared Keever
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is considering asking for money to show up at the next presidential debate. Trump says the money would then be donated to veterans. 

He floated the idea Nov. 30 at a campaign event in Georgia, NBC and CBS News reports. 

“How about I tell CNN, who doesn't treat me properly ... I'm not gonna do the next debate, okay?” the billionaire real estate developer told the crowd.

After rambling for a bit, he added, “I won't do the debate unless they pay me $5 million, all of which goes to Wounded Warriors or goes to vets.”

Before floating the idea, he told the crowd that supporters would have to let him know if they thought it was a good idea. 

“You have to tell me because I know what they're going to say, ‘Trump is a chicken,’” he said. 

It’s not the first time Trump has suggested such a donation, CBS News reports. In early September, Trump wrote a letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker saying the network should donate all advertising revenue from the Sep. 16 debate to veterans groups. 

That came after news that the first Republican debate, hosted by Fox News, was cable television’s most watched non-sports broadcast ever, according to an earlier story from CBS.

“You should view the second debate broadcast as a public service and not accept the massive profits that this airing will generate,” Trump wrote in the letter at the time. 

In the letter, Trump also cited news that CNN was charging 40 times the normal price for 30-second ads during the debate. 

“While I refuse to brag, and you know very well, this tremendous increase in viewer interest is due 100% to Donald J. Trump,” the letter read. 

The next debate is currently scheduled for Dec. 15. A CNN representative did not respond to a request for comment from CBS.

Sources: NBC News, CBS News (2) / Photo credit: Ninian Reid/Flickr