Anchor Thrown Out of Trump Event

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Donald Trump and Univision’s Jorge Ramos engage in testy exchange in Iowa.

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has opened up a new media feud, taking on another popular TV news personality even as his appearances continue to draw big ratings. Any hope the Republican Party might have had that Donald Trump might soften his stance on illegal immigrants evaporated in the opening minutes of a press conference in Iowa on Tuesday night.

Donald Trump ordered Univision anchor Jorge Ramos unceremoniously evicted from a news conference Tuesday as the immigration issue continued to dominate the Republican presidential primary. Ramos stood and began to ask Trump about his immigration proposal, which includes ending automatic citizenship for infants born in the United States to parents in the country illegally. One of America’s most prominent Mexican-Americans, Jorge Ramos, the leading news anchor for the nation’s largest Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision, stood to ask him about his plan to deport undocumented Mexican and Central American immigrants. “Excuse me,” said Mr Trump, who is leading polls of contenders vying to be the party’s presidential candidate. “Sit down. Then Jorge Ramos quickly became the surprise star of the news cycle, the latest to present itself in Trump’s unapologetic, take-no-prisoners spectacle of a campaign.

He said he had a question for Trump a question at the event in Dubuque, Iowa, but Trump said: “Excuse me, sit down.” Ramos protested that he had a right to ask a question, but Trump said Ramos had not been called and had no such right, and said, “Go back to Univision.” In June, Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision after the Spanish-language network terminated its relationship with Trump’s Miss Universe Organization. Tension in the room mounted as it became clear to reporters that it would not be Trump’s answers, but the fight itself, that was becoming the story. The suit claimed that Trump’s First Amendment rights were violated when the company backed out of its contract to air the Miss USA contest – scheduled to be held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 12. I didn’t escort him out,” Trump said. “You’ll have to talk to security, whoever security is.” “How are you going to build a 1,900-mile wall?” he asked, referring to Trump’s plan to wall off the U.S. Sit down.” Mr Trump responded with the bluntness that has marked his campaign. “Go back to Univision,” he said, signalling to one of his security guards who then removed Ramos from the room.

Photo: AP After losing the last election in part due to overwhelming support for Democrats among minorities, the GOP had expected supporters to fall in behind Jeb Bush, who has the backing of much of the the party’s traditional donors class and who is well known and well regarded by American Hispanics. Even though the billionaire real estate mogul eventually relented, allowing Ramos to return to the press conference and ask a series of pointed questions about immigration, the explosive exchange effectively overshadowed an otherwise packed, boisterous rally along the Mississippi River. Trump has used crime as a wedge in the immigration debate, citing in particular a killing in San Francisco last month in which the suspect had been deported five times.

Earlier in the day a new poll found that Mr Trump was now leading the field in New Hampshire – a state in which moderate Republicans normally fare well – with support three times higher than that of his closest competitor. And finally, Trump reminded Ramos he was suing Univision for dropping Trump’s Miss Universe pageant — a decision the network made after Trump announced his presidential candidacy in June and described Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally as “rapists” and drug runners. “And some, I assume, are good people,” he said then. According to the research by Public Policy Polling, Mr Trump is leading the polling with an overwhelming 35 per cent of the vote in that crucial state, followed by Ohio governor John Kasich, who comes in second at 11 per cent. Just before Trump took the stage, word leaked that Sam Clovis, a prominent Iowa operative who quit Rick Perry’s campaign just this week, would be joining Trump’s team to serve as his national co-chairman and policy adviser.

During the five-minute exchange, Ramos said that 40 percent of undocumented people in tthe United States enter through airports, not over the Mexican border. “I don’t believe that. The ongoing focus on Mr Trump has served not only to throw the Republican primary into confusion, but to distract from controversy surrounding the leading Democratic contender, Hillary Clinton.

Three times junior Olympian Michael Riley jnr, 14, was due to start high school on Monday but instead is fighting for his life at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston with his family keeping vigil. “Coming from a lake you wouldn’t think he’s going to the doctor’s office and they tell you he has a couple of days to live,” his father Mike Riley told KTRK-TV. Maybe he’s at fault also.” Trump said he only refused to take his question “because he was out of order,” not because of who he was. “He’s obviously a very emotional person.” “Here’s the problem with your immigration plan,” Ramos launched right in. “You cannot deport 11 million … you cannot deny citizenship to children in this country — ” Trump defended his call to end birthright citizenship, complaining, “If you come across for one day, one day, have a baby, now the baby is going to be an American citizen.” Ramos has significant sway in Spanish-language media. Trump said Kelly “must have had a terrible vacation” because “she’s really off her game.” He retweeted a message that referred to her as a bimbo. “Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise,” said Ailes, the Fox News Channel chairman. “I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump to sit down for an in-depth interview with Jorge to talk about the specifics of his proposals.” Asked later at the news conference about his confrontation with Ramos, Trump said: “I don’t know really much about him. On August 19, a week after he jumped into a lake at the Sam Houston National Forest, he woke up with a headache and fever, the family’s website said, but doctors at a local clinic could not identify the problem.

The rare naegleria fowleri amoeba is found naturally around the world in warm fresh water such as creeks, dams, rivers and hot springs but has also been identified in poorly maintained chlorinated swimming pools, industrial run-offs and water heaters. He has called Trump’s immigration plan “wrong,” “absurd” and “impossible to achieve.” Both he and Univision have been targets of Trump’s wrath.

A day after the debate, he said Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” In his tweets, Trump repeated his contention that Kelly, host of a prime-time Fox News show and one of the network’s biggest stars, was sent on an unplanned vacation that ended Monday. Drinking the parasite does not cause infection, but, if it enters via water up the nose, it can travel to the brain and result in death within a day to two weeks. Trump sued the network for $500 million after Univision decided to drop the Miss Universe contest over the candidate’s comments about Mexican immigrants. Symptoms start one to nine days after infection including headache, fever, nausea and vomiting, progressing to a stiff neck, seizures, altered mental status and hallucinations. The disease of the central nervous system it causes, called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, is difficult to detect because it “progresses rapidly so that diagnosis is usually made after death” the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says. “He is in critical condition and every hour is a waiting game to determine if he will pull through,” says the family’s “Miracle4Michael” Facebook page, which places faith in God and prayer while acknowledging that “the odds are not good” and inviting donations to help with medical expenses.

Cornel West, and that she had “no clue” on immigration. “Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should,” Ailes said. “We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone and we’re certainly not going to start now.” Some of Kelly’s Fox colleagues also came to her defense. Trump of “spreading hate” with his calls for mass deportations of undocumented families and repealing birthright citizenship granted by the Constitution.

In his rambling, hour-long version of a stump speech, he served up his trademark mix of braggadocio and red meat, talked up his latest strong poll numbers and mocked other members of the Republican field. As much as he seems to be enjoying himself and the front-runner glow, Trump admitted that running for office “is something that’s not very pleasant” and people who do it “really take chances.” He focused his attacks on former Florida Gov. Marco Rubio, longtime allies from Florida, are “hugging and kissing and proclaiming their great love” for each other. “I’m the most militaristic person,” he bragged later in the speech. “I would build a military so strong, so powerful, nobody would have to use it.

I would have the best of everything.” Trump said that American strength did not mean that the U.S. must fight others’ battles for them. “If we get attacked, Japan doesn’t have to help us,” he said. “If they get attacked, we have to go over to Japan. I think that’s vital,” she said. “I think it’s better to make mistakes in the things that you say rather than being so careful to say the right things.”

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