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

Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpAfter 2016 drubbing, what’s next for third parties? GOP rep presses Trump to meet with Dalai Lama Bernie Sanders is Democrats' person of the year 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.



The event will take place at the same time as a CNN town hall featuring fellow GOP presidential candidates Ben Carson, Marco RubioMarco RubioWhat the 2016 election can tell us about 2018 midterms Fight over water bill heats up in Senate Brown-Mandel Ohio Senate race will be brutal referendum on Trumpism MORE and Ted CruzTed CruzCruz defends Trump's Taiwan call Ark., Texas senators put cheese dip vs. queso to the test Pentagon's suppressed waste report only tip of the inefficient machine 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."