Univision anchor ejected from Trump news conference

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Donald Trump ejects Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from news conference.

Any hope the Republican Party might have had that Donald Trump might soften his stance on illegal immigrant evaporated in the opening minutes of a press conference in Iowa on Tuesday night. DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump engaged in a prolonged confrontation with the anchor of the nation’s leading Spanish-language network during a news conference Tuesday, first having the well-known news personality removed before allowing him back in.Minutes after Jorge Ramos was escorted from Donald Trump’s press conference, the Univision anchor was later welcomed back into the room and was allowed to direct questions to the presidential hopeful about his immigration policies. “Good to have you back,” Trump told him when he was allowed back into the room. One of the 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.

Immigration and gender continued to hound the real estate mogul’s theatric run for the White House as a return to this first-in-the-nation voting state was quickly overshadowed by another run-in with the news media. Mr Trump responded with the bluntness that has marked his campaign. “Go back to Univision,” he said, signaling to one of his security guards who then removed Mr Ramos from the room.

Then the leading Republican candidate for president proceeded to once again draw thousands at a rally to an operation described by Brad Anderson, the current president’s Iowa director in the 2012 election, as “Obama-esque”. The fireworks came early, inside the press room of the river city of Dubuque, after Univision anchor Jorge Ramos stood up and started asking a question without being called on. 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. Trump tried to ignore Ramos – whose highly rated Spanish language news telecast has had him labeled “the Walter Cronkite of Latino America” – and called on another reporter. 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.

When Ramos persisted, Trump retorted “You weren’t called” and repeatedly asked Ramos to “sit down”, then told him to “go back to Univision”. Trump to sit down for an in-depth interview with Jorge to talk about the specifics of his proposals,” Isaac Lee, Fusion CEO and president of news for Univision, said in a statement. But 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 the Ohio governor John Kasich, who comes in second at 11 per cent. The Noticiero Univision anchor — who also hosts Al Punto and the English-language America with Jorge Ramos on Fusion — spoke to CNN Monday night about Trump’s immigration policies, calling them “absurd” and saying his views are “spreading hate.” It wasn’t the first time Ramos has spoken out against Trump’s views on immigration. “Right now Donald Trump is, no question, the loudest voice of intolerance, hatred and devision in the United States,” he said on America with Jorge Ramos last week.

Back in June, Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision after the Spanish-language network dropped its coverage of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Trump touted his building acumen and told Ramos: “I’ve got a bigger heart than you do,” as well as asserting that gang violence in cities like Baltimore and Ferguson was due to illegal immigrants. A Washington think tank that favors immigration restrictions, the Center for Immigration Studies, estimates that about 40,000 babies annually are born to parents who enter the United States specifically to have a child, and that most of those parents enter the country legally. During the five-minute exchange, Ramos claimed that 40 percent of people in the country illegally 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.

Harare: A Zimbabwean tourist guide was killed on Tuesday by a lion in a pride he was tracking with tourists in Hwange National Park, the home of the country’s most prized lion Cecil, who was killed last month, the park said. Last month’s killing of Cecil, a 13-year-old, rare black-maned lion by American hunter Walter Palmer, was met with global outrage and triggered a backlash against Africa’s lucrative hunting industry. He described Kelly as having “blood coming out of her wherever”, which was widely interpreted as a reference to menstruation and led to his being banned from a major conservative conference. “I think Fox treats me terribly,” he declared.

When asked about his Twitter account’s controversial trumpeting, Trump said that “to a certain extent” he did endorse what he retweeted and implied he was responsible for much of his online activity: “I do a lot of things by myself. Finally, Trump reminded Ramos that he was suing Univision, which dropped Trump’s Miss Universe pageant after he described immigrants in the U.S. illegally as “criminals” and “rapists.” Isaac Lee, chief executive officer of Univision, responded to the confrontation with a written comment: “We’d love for Mr. Cases of people killed by wild animals in and around Zimbabwe’s national parks often go unreported, and in the past, some lions that have killed humans have been shot. Trump observed that while Rubio’s decision to run for president was was widely viewed as a rebuke towards his political mentor Bush, the two were still “hugging and kissing and holding each other” in person. Cecil was reportedly lured with bait from the safety of the park before being killed by Palmer, an American dentist armed with a bow and arrow who paid $US55,000 ($A76,804.92)to shoot a lion.

He compared it to New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s famous hug of Barack Obama on the eve of the 2012 presidential election during the recovery from hurricane Sandy. But he hinted at some of his thoughts during a free-wheeling rally in the Dubuque convention auditorium that followed the news conference. “We protect Germany for no money. Palmer’s guide on the expedition, Zimbabwean Theo Bronkhorst, appeared in court last month and was granted $US1,000 bail pending his trial on September 28 on charges of organising an illegal hunt. Others just came out for the show, like Frank Kennedy of Galena, Illinois, who toted a picture he painted of Trump surrounded by the four presidents on Mount Rushmore. An infrequent voter, Kennedy liked Trump but still was willing to consider supporting both Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders, and really just enjoyed the “opportunity to see someone famous when you live in a small town”.

Every attendee was handed a supporter card to fill out with personal information; campaign staffers took turns warming up the crowd and introducing themselves; and Trump held a private meeting with key Republican activists before speaking to the event. On the stage, major Iowa social conservative activist Sam Clovis endorsed and then introduced the Republican frontrunner as “a man of conviction”. Clovis has long been considered a powerhouse in Iowa Republican politics and carries considerable weight among socially conservative voters, particularly on his home turf of the state’s deep red north-west. Just 24 hours earlier Clovis had stepped down as Iowa chairman of former Texas governor Rick Perry’s campaign after it ran out of money and was unable to pay him. As he noted of the recent criticism of Jeb Bush for using the term “anchor baby”, he is less often criticized for similar language. “Nobody cares because they kind of expect it from me,” Trump said.

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