• Donald Trump: NBC ‘Stands Behind Brian Williams,’ Not People Who Tell It ‘Like It Is’

    Donald Trump blasted NBC on Monday, labeling the media company as “weak and foolish” after the network announced it had cut ties with the GOP presidential candidate over remarks he made about illegal immigrants from Mexico.

    “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 said in a statement.

    “Furthermore,” he added, “they will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be.”

    NBC recently announced that Williams would move from “NBC Nightly News” to a new position at MSNBC after he was suspended for inconsistencies and false statements he made about his reporting.

    Trump issued the statement shortly after NBC announced it would be cutting ties with the billionaire and will no longer air the “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants, which it produces with Trump.

    “The Apprentice” will continue without Trump, NBC noted. Trump told the network he would no longer be the face of the program amid his White House bid.

    NBC cut ties with Trump itself from Trump after his presidential kick-off where he described immigrants from Mexico as “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”

    “At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the network said in a statement. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”

    The network added that it was done with Trump’s pageants as well.

    “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.”

    NBC made the announcement while Trump spoke during a packed campaign event in Chicago. He told reporters after the campaign event  that he had a “great” relationship with NBC over the years and that his statements on immigration “happen to be correct.”

    “I think as far as ending the relationship, I have to do that, because my view on immigration is much different from the people at NBC,” he said. “You cannot have … illegal immigration. You don’t have a country if you have that.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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