Insider: Trump to skip GOP debate for pro-Israel conference
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE will miss the final Republican presidential debate to address a major pro-Israel lobbying organization instead, according to an insider.

“Hearing that Trump secured a Monday night speaking slot at AIPAC conf. in D.C,” tweeted Noah Pollak, executive director of the Emergency Committee for Israel, referencing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

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“Also happening that night: [the] Republican debate in Salt Lake City,” he added, alluding to the 13th GOP presidential contest on March 21.

Fox News announced on Monday that it is hosting next week’s contest in Salt Lake City -- its fourth event this presidential election. Trump remained non-committal later that evening when asked about his plans.

“Well, I don’t know,” he said on Fox News’s “On the Record” when asked if he would attend the contest. "I know nothing about it right now. 

"I just heard somebody had announced that they wanted to do another debate,” Trump told host Greta Van Susteren. "And I don’t blame them.

“You know, the debates are getting phenomenal ratings. Not the Democrats. The Democrats are getting terrible ratings. But the Republican debates are getting phenomenal ratings. I’ll have to look into the place and time and everything else because I really don’t know anything about it."

Trump has repeatedly suggested he would avoid additional debates as he tightens his grip on the GOP presidential nomination.

AIPAC announced last Friday that Trump would addressing its conference, which runs March 20-22. Other confirmed speakers include Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump has come under fire from two of his GOP presidential primary rivals, Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE (R-Fla.), for repeatedly vowing he would stay “neutral” in the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

“I will tell you, I think if we’re ever going to negotiate a peace settlement…I think it would be more helpful as a negotiator, if I go in and say I’m pro-Israel, but at least have the other side know I’m somewhat neutral to them so that we can maybe get a deal done,” he said during the 12th GOP presidential debate in Miami last week.

Trump’s campaign, AIPAC, and the Emergency Committee for Israel did not return requests for comment on the billionaire’s upcoming plans.