ABC News(WASHINGTON) — NBC on Monday ended its business relationship with business mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump.
In a press release, NBC cites Trumps “derogatory statements…regarding immigrants.” Trump said Mexican immigrants to the U.S. brought “drugs” and “crime” and included “rapists” when he announced his candidacy earlier this month. He also said that Mexico wasn’t sending its “best” people to the U.S.
In the wake of those comments, Spanish language channel Univision said it would not carry the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, ventures partially run by Trump. NBC made similar comments on Monday.
The NBC press release further says that Trump will not participate in “The Apprentice,” but that “Celebrity Apprentice” is licensed by United Artists Media Group, allowing that show’s relationship with NBC to continue.
Trump told reporters on Monday, following a speech in Chicago, that the relationship with NBA had to end “because my view on immigration is much different than NBC.”
An official statement from Trump’s campaign called NBC “weak” and said that “like everybody else is trying to be politically correct — that is why our country is in serious trouble.”
“If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court,” Trump’s statement read.
Trump concluded by ripping NBC for their willingness to “stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be.”
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