Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump batted down and dismissed questions from an MSNBC reporter while holding a press conference Thursday in Laredo, Texas at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Host Jose Diaz-Balart, who also works for Telemundo, began asking Trump about the controversial comments he made during his kickoff announcement address about those who are illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico.
“Mr. Trump, you know 53,000 hispanics turn 18 years of age in this country every month, born in the country of voting age,” Diaz-Balart said. “54 million plus hispanics — many feel that what you said when you said that the people who cross the border are rapists and murderers–.”
Trump interjected the reporter for taking his points out of context.
“No, no, no! We’re talking about illegal immigration and everybody understands that,” Trump said.
The outspoken billionaire then used Diaz-Balart to slam the press.
“And you know what? That’s a typical case. That’s a typical case of the press with misinterpretation. They take a half a sentence, they take a half a sentence, then they take quarter of a sentence and put it all together. It’s a typical thing,” Trump added.
He continued, saying that Telemundo “should be ashamed” of Diaz-Balart’s question, before touting his $500 million lawsuit against Univision.
Diaz-Balart attempted to interrupt, telling Trump, “I’m not finished with my question.”
Trump, however, had heard enough.
“No, no! You’re finished!” he shot back.