Trump: OK, I'll Debate for Free
Remarks to GOP Jewish group raise eyebrows
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2015 4:36 AM CST
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in front of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Donald Trump might be losing his dealmaking edge: The candidate has grudgingly agreed to drop his demand for $5 million and take part in CNN's next GOP presidential debate for free. "When you're leading in the polls, I think it's too big of a risk to not do the debate," Trump tells the Washington Post. "I don't think I have the kind of leverage I'd like to have in a deal, and I don't want to take the chance of hurting my campaign. So, I'll do the debate." Trump says he still isn't happy about CNN's coverage of his campaign—and he still hopes the network will donate $5 million to the Wounded Warrior veterans group for his Dec. 15 debate appearance.

Dealmaking was also a theme when Trump spoke to the AP Thursday about the Middle East, saying he'd love to broker a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians. "If I get elected, that would be something I'd really like to do," he said. "Because so much death, so much turmoil, so much hatred—that would be to me a great achievement." He said, however, that he's not sure whether Israel will be willing to commit to a deal and "sacrifice certain things." Thursday night, he spoke to the Republican Jewish Coalition, and Politico reports that his speech got plenty of laughs, though attendees weren't happy about his failure to confirm that he supports Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel—or his suggestion that the group wouldn't support him because he doesn't want their money.
 

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