Univision announced Thursday its network would no longer be “working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization,” including the Miss Universe Organization, due to the billionaire’s recent statements about Mexico.
Donald Trump recently made controversial remarks about the border issues facing America, pledging to force Mexico to pay for a wall and claiming the country was only sending its rapists and criminals to the United States.
Trump, who co-owns the Miss Universe Organization in a joint venture with NBCUniversal, made the comments when he announced his run for the White House.
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“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems,” said Trump. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
“It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably from the Middle East,” he continued.
Univision responded by severing ties with “any other projects tied to the Trump Organization” and announcing it would not air the July 12 Miss USA pageant as originally planned.
“At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country,” said Univision in a statement.
Trump, meanwhile, wrote back on Twitter: “Mexican gov doesn’t want me talking about terrible border situation & horrible trade deals. Forcing Univision to get me to stop – no way!”
Univision, meanwhile, vowed to cover Trump’s presidential run in a fair manner.
“Univision News and the local news division will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of all candidates, including Mr. Trump, to ensure our audience continues to have access to all points of view.”