Trump calls Bachmann disloyal for skipping debate

December 9, 2011 - 11:56 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Business mogul Donald Trump is questioning Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann's loyalty after she repeatedly sought his advice but then chose to skip a debate he is hosting.

Trump told Fox Business Network on Friday it amazes him Bachmann would meet with him four times and phone for his guidance, only to snub his Dec. 27 debate in Iowa.

Only former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum have agreed to attend. Trump says he might scrub the debate without more candidates.

But the other candidates have indicated they won't participate. Some have called on the candidates to skip the debate, given that Trump himself has not ruled out an independent White House bid.