Friday 20 April 2018

Trump accuses TV anchor of 'ranting and raving' in row over illegal immigrants and has him removed by security

Donald Trump
Donald Trump
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa (AP)

Thomas Beaumont

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has landed in more controversy after clashing with a Spanish-language broadcaster who was eventually removed from a news conference.

The billionaire businessman engaged in a prolonged confrontation about his immigration policy with Jorge Ramos, the Miami-based anchor for Univision, during a news conference in Iowa.

Trump (inset) has already unnerved party leaders with his inflammatory comments about Hispanics. He launched his campaign by describing Mexican immigrants in the US illegally as "criminals" and "rapists".

On Tuesday, Ramos began to ask Trump about his immigration proposal, which includes ending automatic citizenship for infants born in America to parents in the country illegally.

Trump interrupted him, saying he hadn't called on Ramos before repeatedly telling him to "sit down".

As one of Trump's security detail approached Ramos to remove him from the room, the anchor said: "You cannot deport 11 million people."

Ramos was referring to Trump's proposal to deport all people in the country illegally before allowing some to return.

Trump told NBC's Today show that Ramos "stood up and started ranting and raving like a madman, he was totally, absolutely out of line".


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