Trump defends removal of Univision anchor from news conference

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Donald Trump: Univision's Jorge Ramos Was 'Totally Out of Line'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to toss a news anchor with the Spanish-language Univision network out of a news conference, in his latest tussle with a U.S. television personality.

"I'm not a bully," Trump told NBC in an interview.

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On Tuesday, Univision's Jorge Ramos was removed from Trump's news conference in Dubuque, Iowa, after the business mogul-turned-candidate said the journalist was asking a question out of turn.

"He was totally out of line last night," Trump said of Ramos, speaking on NBC's "Today" program.

Ramos, who has been critical of Trump's stance on immigration, said he was waiting for his turn to ask a question on the subject when Trump ordered him out.

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Miami-based Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, left, asks Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a question about his immigration proposal during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa. Ramos was later removed from the room. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Miami-based Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, left, asks Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a question about his immigration proposal during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
A security guard for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump removes Miami-based Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa. Ramos stood up and began to ask Trump about his immigration proposal. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
DUBUQUE, IA - AUGUST 25: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump fields a question from Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos during a press conference held before his campaign event at the Grand River Center on August 25, 2015 in Dubuque, Iowa. Earlier in the press conference Trump had Ramos removed from the room when he failed to yield when Trump wanted to take a question from a different reporter. Trump leads most polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A security guard for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump removes Miami-based Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, left, from a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa. Ramos stood up and began to ask Trump about his immigration proposal. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Jorge Ramos, a news anchor at Univision, is escorted out of a news conference with Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, ahead of a rally at Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. Ramos later returned to the news conference and argued with Trump about his immigration policy for nearly 5 minutes. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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"He didn't like my question and when he didn't like my question then he motioned so the one security guard would come where I was and then threw me out of the press conference," Ramos told ABC's "Good Morning America."

The dust-up was the latest involving a television anchor and the outspoken Trump, who also has faced criticism for his war-of-words with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly after that network's recent Republican presidential debate.

Trump is locked in a legal battle with Univision over the network's recent decision to cancel its contract to broadcast the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, co-owned by Trump, after he made controversial remarks about undocumented Latino immigrants.

Trump has called for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, deporting illegal immigrants and ending birthright citizenship.

In a statement on Wednesday night, Univision Chief Executive Officer Randy Falco said Trump's treatment of Ramos at the news conference was "beneath contempt," adding, "Mr. Trump demonstrated complete disregard for him and for the countless Hispanics whom Jorge seeks to represent through press questions that are at the heart of the First Amendment."

Ramos has been vocal about Trump's stance on immigration, telling CNN earlier this month that it was "not only disgraceful but dangerous," while fueling some criticism about his work as an objective journalist.

"He has to explain how he wants to deport 11 million people," Ramos told ABC on Wednesday. "As journalists, we are not only required but we are forced to take a stand and clearly when Mr. Trump is talking about immigration in an extreme way, we have to confront him."

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Additional reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Paul Simao and Leslie Adler)

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