EXCLUSIVE: Donald Trump addresses anti-immigration comments: 'I don't have a racist bone in my body'

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It's been a rough couple of weeks for Donald Trump, and now the presidential hopeful is speaking out about the controversy -- and subsequent fallout -- surrounding him due to remarks he recently made about Mexican immigrants.

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ET's Nischelle Turner spoke with Trump in New York on Wednesday after the real estate mogul and presidential candidate filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision for its refusal to air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants in light of Trump's questionable comments.

"I don't have a racist bone in my body," Trump exclusively told ET, defending himself against accusations of racism. "The fact that I want a strong border and the fact that I don't want illegal immigrants pouring into this country, that doesn't make me a racist, it means I love this country and I want to save this country."

While announcing his presidential run on June 16, Trump said, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists."

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EXCLUSIVE: Donald Trump addresses anti-immigration comments: 'I don't have a racist bone in my body'
DES MOINES, IA - MAY 16: Businessman Donald Trump speaks to guests gathered for the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center on May 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. The event sponsored by the Republican Party of Iowa gave several Republican presidential hopefuls an opportunity to strengthen their support among Iowa Republicans ahead of the 2016 Iowa caucus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - MAY 16: Businessman Donald Trump speaks to guests gathered for the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center on May 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. The event sponsored by the Republican Party of Iowa gave several Republican presidential hopefuls an opportunity to strengthen their support among Iowa Republicans ahead of the 2016 Iowa caucus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MAY 09: Buisnessman Donald Trump speaks during the Freedom Summit on May 9, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina. Trump joined potential presidential candidates in addressing the event hosted by conservative group Citizens United. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
NASHUA, NH - APRIL 18: Donald Trump speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit April 18, 2015 in Nashua, New Hampshire. The Summit brought together local and national Republicans and was attended by all the Republicans candidates as well as those eyeing a run for the nomination. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 27: Chairman and president of the Trump Organization Donald Trump addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 27, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 27: Chairman and president of the Trump Organization Donald Trump addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 27, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
OXON HILL, MD - FEBRUARY 27: Businessman Donald Trump addresses a packed house during CPAC2015 (Conservative Political Action Conference) at the National Harbor Gaylord on Friday, February 27, 2015, in Oxon Hill, MD. The three-day conference features many of the people who are exploring the possibility of running to be the Republican Party nominee for president of the United States in the 2016 presidential election. (photo by jahi chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Ivanka Trump, Jack Nicklaus, Donald Trump and Butch Buchholz at the unveiling of the Jack Nicklaus Villa at Trump Doral at Trump National Doral on February 20, 2015 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/Getty Images)
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Donald Trump, president and chief executive officer of Trump Organization Inc., speaks during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The talent show that is a presidential campaign began in earnest Saturday as more than 1,200 Republican activists who probably will vote in Iowa's caucuses packed into a historic Des Moines theater to see and hear from a parade of their party's prospective entries. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Donald Trump, president and chief executive officer of Trump Organization Inc., speaks during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The talent show that is a presidential campaign began in earnest Saturday as more than 1,200 Republican activists who probably will vote in Iowa's caucuses packed into a historic Des Moines theater to see and hear from a parade of their party's prospective entries. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Donald Trump, president and chief executive officer of Trump Organization Inc., speaks during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The talent show that is a presidential campaign began in earnest Saturday as more than 1,200 Republican activists who probably will vote in Iowa's caucuses packed into a historic Des Moines theater to see and hear from a parade of their party's prospective entries. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 16: Donald Trump attends the NBCUniversal 2015 press tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 16, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 16: Donald Trump attends the NBCUniversal 2015 press tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 16, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 23: (EDITOR'S NOTE: A special effects camera lens was used for this image.) Donald Trump attends the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C Groundbreaking Ceremony at Old Post Office on July 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 30: Donald Trump, chairman and president of the Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts, speaks during day two of the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 30, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Members of the Republican Party are scheduled to speak at the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference, which hosts 1,500 delegates from across the country through May 31st. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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However, Trump insists his words were misconstrued.

"I never singled out Mexico," Trump explains. "What I said is that people are coming across the border and they are coming through Mexico. Mexico is doing very little to stop it, that I can tell you. They are coming from all over the place, but it's illegal immigration. They come in unlawfully and there is tremendous crime around the people that are coming in."

In the lawsuit against Univision, Trump's lawyers claim that the network's decision to sever ties with Miss Universe Organization (partially owned by Trump) was a "politically motivated attempt to suppress Mr. Trump's freedom of speech." Trump is confident that the law is on his side.

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"We have a contract with Univision, it's a binding contract," Trump said. "I am very good at contracts, believe me, and this is a five-year contract that was just signed in January, and Univision broke the contract. And they did something else that's terrible -- and NBC by the way -- they left 51 beautiful young women down in Louisiana hanging. They didn't care about them."

NBC also distanced itself from Trump, announcing that they would no longer air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Trump will also no longer be participating in The Celebrity Apprentice, which also airs on the network.

There has been more fallout for Trump, as Macy's is pulling Trump's clothing line from its stores.

"We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form," the company said in a statement on Wednesday. "We welcome all customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture. We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico."

Trump, meanwhile, gave his side of the story to ET, insisting he's the one who actually decided to end his relationship with Macy's.

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"They don't feel the same way I do about illegal immigration. One of the things that has always bothered me, and it haunts me, is what China is doing with their currency manipulation. They make my ties and they make my shirts, and I've always hated it," he said. "So I said to Macy's, 'Let's just forget it.'"

For more on the growing backlash against Trump, watch the video below.

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