Donald Trump is headlining a rally in Iowa on Tuesday night
Trump was pressed on immigration by Jorge Ramos, a Univision reporter, during a press conference
Ramos was forced out of the room before being allowed to return
“Go back to Univision,” Trump told Ramos early in their first back-and-forth. Ramos had attempted to engage with Trump on his positions though he had not been called upon, standing and lobbing concerns about Trump’s plan at the candidate.
“Sit down. Sit down. Sit down,” Trump said.
Trump spoke in Iowa as he collected a highly sought endorsement from a popular conservative activist Sam Clovis, a reflection of Trump’s sudden political power thanks to surging poll numbers in the Hawkeye State. And the businessman is moving to hire experienced operatives in early states to replace what was at one point a green political shop.
But his fight with Ramos, who remains an admired figure in Hispanic media, shows that Trump remains by no means an establishment figure — even as he tries to build out a more professional campaign.
“He was out of order. I would take his question in two seconds,” Trump said, adding that he wouldn’t mind if Ramos — “a very emotional person” — returned to ask a question politely.
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Ramos did, but the ensuing exchange was far from polite.
“Here’s the problem with your immigration plan. It’s full of empty promises,” Ramos said, when allowed back into the press room.
Charging that Trump’s agenda to deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants and to stop giving automatic citizenship to their children born on U.S. soil were unrealistic, Trump defended his plan as simple and possible. He reminded the host of his $500 million lawsuit against Univision, and told Ramos, “I have a bigger heart than you do.”
Those exchanges largely overshadowed what may have been an event meant to highlight Trump’s growing appeal. Seeming to work off a set of notes, the bombastic real-estate magnate was introudced by Clovis, who on Monday left the campaign of Rick Perry and will serve as Trump’s new national co-chair and senior policy adviser.
And Trump pledged to engage on a new policy issue, college debt, telling reporters he would unveil his program in about a month’s time.
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