Donald Trump, Jorge Ramos Feud Heats Up On 'Today,' 'GMA'
"Never in my life — and I’ve been a journalist for more than 30 years — have I been thrown out of a press conference," Ramos said on 'GMA.'
The feud between Donald Trump and Univision reporter Jorge Ramos, who was escorted out of a Trump press conference yesterday in Iowa, continued on Today and Good Morning America.
"He was totally out of line last night," the frontrunner in the race for the Republican nomination told Matt Lauer on Today of Ramos' actions yesterday during the conference. "I was being asked a question by another reporter. I would have gotten to him very quickly. And he stood up and started ranting and raving like a madman, and frankly, he was out of line. He was totally out of line."
Lauer pressed Trump on his dealings with the press, asking him about why he relaunched his feud with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly on Monday, almost three weeks after she asked him what he characterized as "unfair" questions about his derogatory characterizations of women during the first presidential debate on Aug. 6.
"It seemed like in an unprovoked attack," Lauer told Trump who returned to the debate drama when Kelly returned from a 10-day vacation, tweeting that she was "off her game" and that her show would be better off without her, while also retweeting comments criticizing her appearance and calling her a "bimbo."
"Why have you let Megyn Kelly get so far under your skin?" Lauer asked.
"I haven't,'' Trump said. "You tweet a few tweets, or retweets in this case, that's not getting under your skin. I personally am not a fan. I don't think she does a good job. I don't think she's a very good professional. I think frankly the show's better without her, but that's up to them and they can do whatever they want. I respect (Fox News chief) Roger Ailes. He can do whatever he wants. I don't care."
"Seems like you're a guy with a schoolyard crush," said Lauer. "You know when we're in elementary and junior high school, guys often say the meanest things about the girls they like the most."
"Trust me, Matt," replied Trump. "There is no crush. That I can tell you."
While Kelly has stayed mum on Trump since her return to the air (though on Tuesday, Ailes himself issued a blistering call for Trump's apology for his attack on Kelly), Ramos appeared on Good Morning America this morning to speak with George Stephanopoulos about his eviction from yesterday's press conference.
Stephanopoulos began by asking Ramos if he expected Trump to behave the way he did.
"What I would expect is that I can ask a question as a journalist because that’s our responsibility, and I would expect Mr. Trump to answer honestly about what he really wants to do [about immigration] because he hasn’t given us specifics," said Ramos. "What I didn’t expect is to be thrown out of a press conference. Never in my life — and I’ve been a journalist for more than 30 years — have I been thrown out of a press conference."
When asked what happened backstage, Ramos told Stephanopoulos: "I waited outside and then my other colleagues also confronted Donald Trump. And then somebody from his campaign came out and asked me if I wanted to come in and ask my question and I did. Of course, I came all the way [to Iowa] to do that. Remember I tried to have an interview with Donald Trump. He didn’t allow me to have an interview. He published my cell phone and that’s what I wanted to do so I came back and I asked those questions.”
"You think he'll give you an interview now?" asked Stephanopoulos.
“He didn’t want to give me an interview before," said Ramos. "But right after the interview he said, ‘We’ll talk,’ so let’s see if he keeps his promise. I’m not sure."