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Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE is pointing to his tactics with Fox News over Thursday’s GOP debate as a model of how the U.S. should negotiate with Iran.
“The way you really should have negotiated that deal is, four years ago, when they had the prisoners, four years ago, you go and say you have to let our prisoners go,” Trump said at a rally in Dubuque, Iowa, of the Iran nuclear accord.
“And they’re going to say no. You leave the room. There’s nothing wrong with leaving. I did it the other night at the debate,” he added.
“I left. I left. And I love Fox, and I love Roger Ailes and all those guys. But I’ll tell you what, they weren’t treating me right.”
In retrospect, Trump said he was glad he skipped the debate, adding that it was “lousy” and “boring” without him.
“I think the debate turned out to be good that I didn’t do it,” he said. “It was a lousy debate anyway. Boring, boring. That was a hard thing to watch, wasn’t it?
“But it wouldn’t have been hard – if I had been there, you would have liked it, right?” he added.
He said his decision to skip Thursday’s debate had nothing to do with Fox News co-moderator Megyn Kelly, with whom he has been feuding.
“And it had nothing to do with – what was her name? – Megyn Kelly,” he said. “I don’t care about her. What the hell difference does it make? I didn’t get treated fairly by her, but I don’t care about her.”
Trump has said his decision to pull out of the debate was because of a press statement Fox News put out earlier in the week mocking him.