Iowa GOP cancels fundraiser after Trump cancels

By the Associated Press | May 19, 2011 | 6:59 PM EDT

FILE - This May 11, 2011, file photo shows then-possible 2012 presidential hopeful, Republican Donald Trump, waving to a crowd of over 500 people during a luncheon at the Chamber of Commerce in Nashua, N.H. After months of flirting with politics, Trump said Monday, May 16, 2011, that he won't run for president, choosing to stick with hosting "The Celebrity Apprentice" over entering the race for the Republican nomination. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Billionaire Donald Trump is cancelling his appearance at one of the Iowa Republican Party's biggest annual fundraisers, prompting the state's GOP leaders to scrub the event.

Trump was scheduled to headline the Iowa GOP's annual Lincoln Dinner on June 10 in Des Moines. Interest in Trump's appearance prompted planners to move the event to a larger venue.

Iowa's Republican caucuses will begin the 2012 presidential nominating contests, and Trump's acceptance fueled speculation he would enter the race.

Trump announced Monday that he wouldn't run, but he didn't say if he'd honor the Iowa commitment.

In a statement Thursday, state GOP officials expressed their disappointment, saying "In Iowa, your word is bond. We are disappointed that Mr. Trump has chosen not to honor his commitment to Iowa Republicans."