Donald Trump calls Michele Bachmann disloyal for skipping Iowa debate

Michele Bachmann is now the fifth Republican candidate to announce she will not participate in the December 27 debate in Des Moines, Iowa, and Donald Trump is not taking it well.

Trump, who is slated to moderate the debate, said he was "very disappointed" in Bachmann during an interview with Don Imus Friday. Trump says Bachmann has sought guidance from him multiple times and even tentatively offered to make him her running mate, so he's a little confused at why she's turning on him now.

From the interview:

You know who I'm very disappointed [in]? Michele Bachmann. She came up to see me four times. She'd call me, she'd ask me for advice. She said I should be her vice presidential -- you know, if she wins, she would like to think about me for the vice presidency.

And most importantly, I did like a two hour phone call for her with her people, and it caused me certain problems. People said 'are you endorsing her?' And the answer was no. And after all that she announced she was not going to do the debate. It's called loyalty. It's actually called loyalty. How do you do that? I mean, it's amazing to me.

As of today, only Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have agreed to the debate. The problem for most candidates is that Trump is still toying with a presidential bid as an independent, which he admitted in today's interview.

But that's not stopping Trump from taking it personally. In a recent CNN interview, Trump also accused Mitt Romney of lacking the "courage" participate in the debate.

Watch the full interview with Imus below:

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