The CEO of Univision, which recently ended its business relationship with Donald Trump in response to Trump’s comments on immigration, is having his say as the war of words continues. CNN reports that Randy Falco addressed a number of claims by Trump in a memo circulated Monday.
In the internal memo, Falco talked about the decision making behind Univision’s move and refuted a claim by Trump that Univision had apologized for severing ties with Trump.
In his first public statement on the issue, Falco wrote: “I made the decision to end business relationships with the Trump Organization simply because it was the right thing to do. No one approached me, asked me or pressured me to take this action.”
Through a deal reached earlier this year, Univision was scheduled to televise Trump’s Miss USA pageant in July. Falco’s decision pulled the plug on that broadcast, with his move prompting the threat of a lawsuit by Trump.
As we reported separately, NBC also pulled out of its arrangement to carry the pageant.
Trump alleged in response to the Univision move that the Mexican government pressured Univision to make its decision.
In his memo, Falco addressed that claim, writing: “There have been a number of ridiculous assertions bordering on the bizarre, made from different people, that the Mexican government put pressure on us, that we were under political pressure to hurt a Republican candidate’s chances to the nomination, or that we were trying to assist other political candidates. None of this is remotely true.”
Falco also wrote: “I can also assure you that we never apologized because we have nothing to apologize for.” Trump had claimed in a tweet Sunday that Univision apologized to him privately.