Business mogul Donald Trump demanded on Monday that CNN, the host of the next GOP debate, pay him $5 million dollars to participate, with the proceeds to be donated to veterans.
“I won’t do the debate unless they pay me 5 million dollars,” Trump said.
Trump floated being paid to participate in the last CNN Republican debate in September, when he wrote in a letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker: “While I refuse to brag, and you know very well, this tremendous increase in viewer interest is due 100% to ‘Donald J. Trump.”
Due to the interest in the debate, Trump said, at the time, Zucker should donate all the profits that CNN was receiving from increased advertising rates to veterans groups.
Trump made the demands at a rally in Macon, Georgia as a result of what he deemed unfair treatment by the network of his candidacy, including a meeting with African-American pastors earlier in the day at Trump Tower. At first he seemed unsure. Trump asked the crowd if he should make the payment a condition of his participation in the debate.