Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE will moderate a Republican presidential debate later this month in Iowa.

The reality TV star and real estate mogul was selected by the conservative media outlet Newsmax to host a Dec. 27 debate in Des Moines, Iowa.


“We’ve interviewed him several times over the last few years," said Newsmax Editor Brett Sandala. "We see him as a truly great American and his vocal conservative voice reaches millions, so we wanted a moderator that resonated with that base."

The debate would be the last one scheduled before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus.

Trump shot to the top of the GOP presidential polls in April, but withdrew from the field in May, citing a passion for business over politics.

Still, he has remained prominent in the primary process, holding private meetings with Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannWhite House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations Klobuchar urges CNN town hall audience: 'That's when you guys are supposed to cheer, OK?' Michele Bachmann praises Trump: Americans will 'never see a more godly, biblical president' MORE and Sarah Palin.

On Monday, current front-runner Newt Gingrich will head to Trump Towers to meet with the billionaire.

Trump is a controversial figure for some of his views that fall outside the mainstream. He remains skeptical that President Obama was born in the United States, despite the administration’s release of Obama’s long-form birth certificate.

Trump frequently takes to Twitter to criticize the president, once tweeting:

“In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a war with Iran.”

This post was updated at 4:20 p.m.