Trump to Reporter: ‘Your Questions Are Offensive’

By Melanie Arter | November 5, 2018 | 3:28 PM EST

President Donald Trump (Screenshot)

( – President Donald Trump said Monday that he doesn’t know about a decision by NBC and Fox News to pull a controversial ad about an illegal immigrant deemed to be offensive, saying instead that a lot of things – including a reporter’s questions – are offensive.

During remarks to reporters at Andrews Air Force Base, Trump was asked for a response to NBC and Fox News declining to run his immigration ad.

“I don't know about it. I mean, you're telling me something I don't know about. We have a lot of ads, but they certainly are effective based on the numbers that we see," the president said.

“A lot of folks have said that ad is offensive. Why did you like that ad?” a reporter asked.

"A lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive," Trump said.



The ad in question features Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, who was handed the death penalty after being convicted of killing two police officers in 2014 in California. Bracamontes snuck back into the country after being deported twice beforehand.

The ad accuses Democrats of letting Bracamontes into the country and letting him stay. It also shows Bracamontes admitting at his sentencing hearing that he doesn’t regret murdering the officers.

He was deported in 1997 during the Clinton administration after a drug conviction. He was arrested and sent back to Mexico again during the George W. Bush administration in 2001.

“After further review, we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have decided to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible," Joe Benarroch, a spokesperson for NBC's advertising sales department, told NBC News.

After NBC’s announcement, Fox News said it decided on Sunday to stop airing the ad.

“Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network," Marianne Gambelli, president of ad sales for Fox News, said in an email.

CNN refused to run the ad.

"CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist," CNN's media relations Twitter account responded in a tweet to Donald Trump Jr., who said CNN refused to air the ad. “When presented with an opportunity to be paid to take a version of this ad, we declined. Those are the facts.”

While Facebook has allowed the video to be posted on its website, it blocked the ad from receiving paid promotion, saying it violated the company’s advertising policy around “sensational content.”

"This ad violates Facebook's advertising policy against sensational content so we are rejecting it," Facebook said in a statement. "While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it cannot receive paid distribution."


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