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True to form, Trump makes a big show of skipping GOP debate and staging benefit for veterans

Less than a year after giving up his reality show to run for president, Donald Trump proved Thursday night that he still has a television executive's touch.

After dropping out of the Republican debate because of a feud with Fox News, Trump, the former star of "The Apprentice," decided to host his own counter-programming just three miles away. While his rivals for the Republican nomination butted heads over immigration and foreign policy, the New York businessman did what he does best: put on a show.

The event's official purpose was to honor veterans, and Trump drew gasps by announcing that he had raised $6 million in donations for veterans groups, including $1...