Following a speech in which Donald Trump expressed criticism of Mexico for its role in exacerbating America’s border crisis, the 2016 presidential candidate began a public battle with Spanish language network Univision.
The first blow came from Univision, which announced it would no longer partner with or air any content from the Miss Universe Organization. Trump owns a stake in the company along with NBCUniversal.
Trump struck back, however, by announcing his intention to sue the network for breach of contract. He went even further in a letter to Univision President and CEO Randy Falco. In it, Trump explained that all network employees are now banned from the National Doral golf resort he owns in Miami, Fla.
As an added gibe, Trump included the following postscript:
Please congratulate your Mexican Government officials for having made such outstanding trade deals with the United States. However, inform them that should I become President, those days are over. We are bringing jobs back to the U.S. Also, a meaningful border will be immediately created, not the laughingstock that currently exists.
Univision President of Programming and Content Alberto Ciurana escalated the feud exponentially, however, with an Instagram post comparing Trump to Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Roof.
He has since offered a bilingual statement on the matter, stating that he was “upset by Mr [sic] Trump’s recent comments about Mexican immigrants,” but acknowledging that he “should not have re-posted the photo.”
Trump followed that statement with one of his own.
“Apology not accepted,” he asserted. “I call for his resignation as president of Univision and Univision should not be allowed to host the Presidential debate. It is a total conflict of interest.”
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