Donald Trump took to Twitter and television Thursday to slam Univision, America's top Spanish-language TV network, for severing its contract with Miss Universe Organization over the real estate mogul and now presidential hopeful's comments about Mexican immigrants.
Late Tuesday afternoon, he also revealed that he plans on suing the Spanish-language network.
"We intend to pursue all legal rights and remedies available to Mr Trump pursuant to the terms of the license agreement as well as a defamation case against Univision," his lawyer, Michael Cohen, said in a statement.
Earlier, Trump tweeted:
followed that up with:
Trump also appeared on several afternoon news programs and said he would have to sue Univision for breaking a legal contract. Trump said the company called him to cancel the five-year, $15 million contract.
"Univision, I'm going to sue them now because I speak negatively about trade with Mexico!" he told Fox News. "I have a signed contract. They can't do this."
"They called me today and apologized," Trump added. "They called up and apologized. They want me to stop telling the facts, whether it's the border facts or the trade facts."
He said that he was not stereotyping all Mexicans with his comments.
"I love the Mexican people!" Trump said, clarifying he was talking about bad immigration policy and jobs leaving the U.S. for Mexico. He would not say that about all Mexican people, he said.
"Of course I wouldn't," he told Gretchen Carlson. "I didn't say it."
In announcing his run for president last week in a 45-minute speech, Trump said, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best."
He added: "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."
Joining the uproar over those remarks, Univision said it will not broadcast the Miss USA beauty pageant scheduled for July 12 or any other project associated with Trump.
"Today, the entertainment division of Univision Communications Inc. announced that it is ending the company's business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which is part-owned by Donald J. Trump, based on his recent, insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants," the company said.
Trump had announced in January that the broadcast rights to Miss Universe and Miss USA had been granted to Univision. That came right after the latest edition of Miss Universe, held in Doral, Florida.
Until then, the rights had been held by Telemundo, another Spanish-language network.
Trump's comments triggered criticism both in the United States and Mexico. Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong called them "prejudiced and absurd."
"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," Univision said.
Trump's campaign also issued a full statement after the announcement:
"The Mexican government and others are putting tremendous pressure on Univision to break their signed and fully effective contract with the Miss Universe Organization because Mr. Trump has been exposing to the public, and the world, the significant damage that is being done at the southern border, and the terrible and costly trade deals that the United States is incompetently making with Mexico (these deals are great for Mexico and horrible for the United States). This has been sharply and openly brought out during Mr. Trump’s run for President of the United States.
"Mexican leadership has been doing serious damage to the United States by out-negotiating our representatives and political leaders. They are taking our jobs, taking our money and at the same time hurting us at the border with illegals from all over the world freely flowing into our country.
"Mr. Trump cannot be silenced on this very important problem for the United States. I have great respect for Mexico and love the Mexican people, but my loyalty is to the United States and making our country great again!"
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