Donald Trump has removed himself from a high-profile gig, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The billionaire and reality television star bowed out as moderator of a Republican presidential debate set for Dec. 27.
Publicity leading up to the event has largely focused on how many of the candidates have decided not to participate, with only two of the current crop of candidates — Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum — agreeing to take part. But Trump said that’s not the reason he’s opting out himself.
He wants to keep open the possibility of running for president, he said, according to the piece. Trump issued a statement saying: “It is very important to me that the right Republican candidate be chosen to defeat the failed and very destructive Obama administration, but if that Republican, in my opinion, is not the right candidate, I am not willing to give up my right to run as an Independent candidate. Therefore, so that there is no conflict of interest within the Republican Party, I have decided not to be the moderator of the Newsmax debate.”