Trump calls on CNN to donate debate money to veterans

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpEmbattled pharma CEO endorses Trump RNC launches ad against 'Crooked Hillary' Overnight Finance: GOP faces dilemma on spending bills | CEOs push Congress on tax rules | Trump talks energy MORE is putting his mouth where CNN’s money is, demanding that all profits from the broadcast of next week’s GOP debate go to veterans.

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Following news that CNN has been capitalizing on Trump-mania by raising ad prices for the Sept. 16 debate to 40 times their normal rate, the GOP front-runner sent a letter to the news network’s president, Jeff Zucker, to insist that he share the wealth.

“While I refuse to brag,” Trump writes, “this tremendous increase in viewer interest and advertising is due 100% to ‘Donald J. Trump.’ ”

Given the record-setting audience for the first GOP debate on Fox News, Trump says it stands to reason that CNN’s audience “will be even larger.”

“I believe that all profits from this broadcast should go to various VETERANS groups, a list of which I will send to you in the near future,” Trump tells Zucker in the letter.

“The veterans of our country, our finest people, have been treated horribly by our government and its ‘all talk and no action’ politicians,” Trump continues. “In fact some would say they are treated like third class citizens—even worse, in many cases, than illegal immigrants.”

“It is about time that someone comes to their aid,” Trump concludes. "Let’s start now!”

Zucker and CNN have yet to respond to Trump’s request.

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