Trump boots fa­mous Span­ish-lan­guage chan­nel an­chor from news con­fer­ence

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

U.S. Repub­li­can Party White House fron­trun­ner Don­ald Trump booted a jour­nal­ist from a lead­ing Span­ish-lan­guage chan­nel out of a news con­fer­ence Tues­day, telling him to “go back to Univi­sion.”

The in­ci­dent, in­volv­ing bilin­gual an­chor Jorge Ramos dur­ing a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion that was car­ried live by sev­eral U.S. ca­ble net­works, marked the latest dra­matic twist in the ex­tra­or­di­nary 2016 can­di­dacy of the bom­bas­tic real es­tate mogul.

Ramos has clashed with Trump be­fore on the cam­paign trail, par­tic­u­larly over the is­sue of immigration and Trump’s plan to de­port those who are in the coun­try il­le­gally.

When Ramos stood up to ask an immigration ques­tion Trump called on some­one else, but when Ramos per­sisted Trump turned testy.

“Ex­cuse me sit down, you weren’t called. Sit down,” Trump said.

“I have the right to ask a ques­tion,” Ramos in­sisted.

“Go back to Univi­sion,” Trump re­torted, be­fore Ramos was es­corted out of the room by se­cu­rity staff.

Trump’s brash and caus­tic tone has rat­tled ri­vals on the cam­paign trail, but he is seen by many sup­port­ers as a fil­ter­less but pas­sion­ate truth-teller who speaks his mind.

Af­ter Ramos was kicked out, Trump said he held no ill-will to­ward the re­porter but just wanted him to con­form to the rules.

“He was out of or­der. I would take ques­tions in two sec­onds but he stood up and started scream­ing,” Trump said when another re­porter asked him about the TrumpRamos spat.

“So you know, maybe he’s at fault also,” Trump said. “I don’t mind if he comes back.” Ramos did come back, was wel­comed by Trump, and pro­ceeded to ask a se­ries of ques­tions about immigration, en­gag­ing in a pro­longed back-and-forth with the can­di­date.

Ramos, who car­ries weight with Latino view­ers, has ad­mit­ted that he has a beef with Trump over his “ab­surd” immigration plan, which in­cludes de­port­ing many of the 11 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing in the United States il­le­gally.

“This is per­sonal. When he’s talk­ing about im­mi­grants, he’s talk­ing about me,” Ramos told CNN on Mon­day.

Trump also fielded ques­tions about how and why he re­vived his feud with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, the mod­er­a­tor who asked tough ques­tions of Trump dur­ing the op­po­si­tion Repub­li­can Party’s de­bate Aug. 6.

He be­came the sub­ject of in­tense crit­i­cism for his tweets and retweets late Mon­day about Kelly be­ing a “bimbo” and “re­ally off her game.”

The Twit­ter tirade prompted Fox News chair­man Roger Ailes to de­mand an apol­ogy over the “un­ac­cept­able” and “dis­turb­ing” at­tack. In­stead, Trump dou­bled down. “I don’t care about Megyn Kelly, but I would not apol­o­gize,” he said.

“She should prob­a­bly apol­o­gize to me, but I just don’t care.”

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