Donald Trump’s not worried about hearing ‘you’re fired’ — and he’s not about to backtrack on his beliefs. Right after NBC cut all ties with him, the presidential candidate was already in a press conference, and revealed that even though NBC doesn’t agree, he still stands by the controversial remarks on Mexican immigrants.
Following being dropped by NBC on June 29, Donald Trump, 69, revealed that he was not going to backtrack and that NBC was actually just mad that he was running for president. The network announced that they were ending their entire business relationship with Donald Trump, dropping both Miss USA and Miss Universe, while Celebrity Apprentice would continue with another host.
“They didn’t want me to run, because they wanted me to do The Apprentice,” he said at a press conference. “I just told them I cannot do The Apprentice, because I’m running… They are gonna take a different stance and thats okay. Whatever they want to do is okay with me. As far as ending the relationship, I have to do that, because my view on immigration is a lot different than the people at NBC. NBC may not agree with me. I told NBC I cannot change my stance. The fact is my stance on immigration is correct.”
Of course, the comments that he is referencing were those made during his announcement that he’d be running. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people who have lots of problems,” he said. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”
NBC released the following statement about dropping Trump:
At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.
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