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At an Iowa event on Tuesday, Donald Trump threw Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out after the journalist pressed the Republican presidential frontrunner on immigration.
“Excuse me, sit down. You weren’t called, sit down. Sit down. Sit down,” Trump said. He then proceeded to call on another journalist who raised his hand.
Ramos continued his questioning and said, “I have the right to ask a question.” Trump replied, “No you don’t. You haven’t been called. Go back to Univision.”
The Univision anchor then said to the GOP candidate, “You cannot deport 11 million people.”
A member of security then walked over to Ramos and directed him to sit down, before escorting him out of the press room. While being escorted, Ramos said, “I have the right to ask a question.”
— Univision Noticias (@UniNoticias) August 25, 2015
After Ramos was escorted out, a journalist questioned Trump about the Univision anchor. Trump replied, “I don’t know really much about him. I don’t believe I’ve ever met him, except he started screaming. I didn’t escort him out.” He continued, “Certainly he was not chosen. I chose you, I chose other people … he just stands up and starts screaming.”
Ramos is one of the most well-known personalities at the Spanish-language network, interviewing President Barack Obama earlier this year. He has been critical of Trump’s candidacy due to the mogul’s incendiary rhetoric on immigration. “Trump is a creation of the Republican party. Many of his ideas have been espoused by other Rs. He just expresses them in an extreme way,” the anchor wrote on Twitter on Aug. 18.
Univision’s president of news and Fusion CEO Isaac Lee released the following statement Tuesday afternoon: “We’d love for Mr. Trump to sit down for an in-depth interview with Jorge to talk about the specifics of his proposals.”
Ramos addressed the situation on his Fusion show America With Jorge Ramos on Tuesday. “It’s the first time in my life, anywhere in the world, in which I have been escorted out of a press conference,” Ramos said. “I am a reporter, an immigrant, and a U.S. citizen and I have the right to ask any questions of anyone.”
A clip from the Fusion show can be seen below.
5:48 p.m. Aug. 25: Updated with Lee’s statement.
10 p.m. Aug. 25: Updated with Ramos’ comments.
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