NFL Denies It Sent Letter to Trump Over 2016 Debate Schedule

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The National Football League said Saturday it did not send a letter to Donald Trump about the timing of the presidential debate schedule, after the GOP nominee claimed the league had.

Asked by ABC News’ George George Stephanopoulos in an interview that will air on “This Week” Sunday, Trump said, "I'll tell you what I don’t like. It’s against two NFL games."

"I got a letter from the NFL saying 'this is ridiculous, why are the debates against' — because the NFL doesn’t want to go against the debates because the debates are going to be pretty massive from what I understand,” Trump said.

The NFL denied any letter was sent.

"While we would obviously wish the Debate Commission could find another night, we did not send a letter to Mr. Trump," The NFL said in a statement Saturday.

Three presidential debates are scheduled — on Sept. 26, Oct. 9, and Oct. 19, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates.

On Sept. 26 the Falcons and the Saints play a Monday night game. Oct. 9, a Sunday, the Giants and Packers are scheduled to play a night game, according to the NFL.

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Trump said in the interview he doesn’t think the debates should be held at the same time as NFL games. But he said "I like three debates, I think that’s fine. I think it’s enough — if somebody said one debate, I’d rather have three. I think they'll be very interesting."

It's the second time this week that Trump has made claims that were either directly or indirectly contradicted by those he said were involved.

Trump on Saturday said on Twitter he "turned down" a meeting with influential conservative donors Charles and David Koch. The brothers have repeatedly rebuffed Trump's efforts to get in their good graces.

Officials with Freedom Works, Charles and David Koch's political arm, indicated on Saturday they requested no meeting. Politico reported on Friday that Trump's finance team asked for a meeting but that the request was denied by the Koch organization.

"We are not engaging in the presidential," James Davis, spokesman for Freedom Partners, said at a weekend gathering of conservative donors in the Koch network in Colorado Springs.