AEHQ: Trump Blasts Republicans for Skipping his Debate

Reality TV star Donald Trump claims some of the Republican presidential candidates are worried he'll still run against them. That's why "The Donald" says so many are refusing to take part in the debate he'll moderate in Iowa later this month.

"The Republican Party candidates are very concerned that some time after the final episode of The Apprentice, on May 20th, when the equal time provisions are no longer applicable to me, I will announce my candidacy for President of the United States as an Independent and that, unless I conclusively agree not to run as an Independent, they will not agree to the Newsmax debate scheduled for December 27, 2011," Trump said in a statement. "I am unwilling to give up my right to run as an Independent candidate," he added.

In an interview with Don Imus on the Fox Business Network Friday, Trump had particularly harsh words for Michele Bachmann, who just last night decided she will skip the debate.

"I did like a two hour phone call for her with her people and people said, are you endorsing her, which the answer was no and after all of that, she just announced she's not going to do the debate," Trump said. "Unbelievable. It's actually called loyalty, how do you do that? It's amazing to me."

Only two candidates have agreed to the Trump event. Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.