Trump's 'Morning Joe' town hall to compete directly with Cruz, Rubio on CNN

Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHillary Clinton tweets well-wishes to Bushes Poll shows split on Obamacare Ross supports fast-tracking trade deals MORE will participate in a town hall event Wednesday night moderated by "Morning Joe" anchors Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, an MSNBC producer announced on Twitter.

 

 

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The event will take place at the same time as a CNN town hall featuring fellow GOP presidential candidates Ben Carson, Marco RubioMarco RubioTop Dem: Don’t bring Tillerson floor vote if he doesn’t pass committee Booker to vote against Tillerson Rubio wades into Trump-Lewis feud MORE and Ted CruzTed CruzCaitlyn Jenner to attend Trump inauguration: report Trump’s UN pick threads needle on Russia, NATO Haley slams United Nations, echoing Trump MORE. CNN announced its event Saturday.
 
Scarborough had harsh words for CNN last week, after the network reported that the "Morning Joe" hosts were giving favorable treatment to Trump, and that MSNBC officials were concerned about the trend.
 
MSNBC also responded by issuing a statement that denied some of the accusations put forth by CNN, including that Brzezinski and Scarborough celebrated the New Hampshire primary results with Trump in his hotel room.

"It should be noted that Morning Joe is off to a great start in this election year," the statement added. "In January, the show had 28% more viewers than CNN's morning show last month. And thus far in February, more people are watching Morning Joe than CNN."