Will Trump break with GOP rivals on debate format?

Donald Trump plans to use his celebrity status to broker his own agreement with television executives over the structure of future Republican primary debates.

Aides to Trump joined nearly a dozen GOP campaigns over the weekend to discuss their grievances against the existing format for the Republican primary debates, reportedly suggesting that all 14 remaining candidates assemble for one debate as opposed to continuing to relegate lower-tier candidates to an earlier forum.

Trump has since chosen to continue to pursue his own negotiations with the individual networks hosting the remaining GOP debates, his campaign confirmed Monday.

"As we have for the previous three debates, the Trump Campaign will continue to negotiate directly with the host network to establish debate criteria that will determine Mr. Trump's participation," a spokesperson for the billionaire wrote in a statement to the Washington Examiner. "This is no different than the process that occurred prior to the FOX, CNN and CNBC debates."

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