Perhaps the Mexican tacos left a sour taste in Donald Trump’s mouth earlier this month or maybe regulations in Trump Tower only allow fluent stupid to be spoken because, according to press reports, the Republican nominee allegedly turned down an interview with an Argentine journalist on Monday after supposedly hearing him speak Spanish.
Argentine freelance reporter Marcos Stupenengo, who works for Mexico’s TV Azteca, was apparently given the go ahead to meet with the US nominee in Trump Tower, New York earlier this week before his request was denied at the last minute.
According to Buzzfeed News, Stupenengo answered his phone in Spanish while waiting for the interview to take place. The campaign then “informed him they had no interest in taking part in an interview with him, according to a source with knowledge of the incident.” A Spanish-speaking Secret Service agent apparently later apologized to Stupenengo.
Initially reached for comment, Stupenengo brushed the incident off, explaining that “after 13 years of journalism worse things have happened to me.” However, he did also take to Twitter to clarify that he was in fact due to do some filming rather than a personal interview with Trump, but refrained from commenting on whether his expulsion was due to a castellano slip of the tongue.
Just to clarify, No personal interview with Donald Trump was canceled. A film request was approved by phone and denied on site.
— Marcos Stupenengo (@mstupenengo) May 17, 2016
Meanwhile, according to Politico, Trump’s spokesperson Hope Hicks denied that an interview had ever been scheduled. “There was no interview scheduled. We do not know this individual or anything about the alleged situation,” Hicks stated in an email. And we all know The Donals never lies.
Monday’s incident wouldn’t be the first bust-up between Trump and a journalist representing Spanish-language media, however. Last August, during a press conference in the state of Iowa, Univision’s (a US Spanish TV network) Jorge Ramos called Trump out over his immigration policy. In a tone usually only ever employed by your elementary teacher, Trump told the news anchor to sit down and not speak out of turn before telling him to “go back to Univision.”
Then, in a cringe-inducing effort to make amends with a Latino-sized hole within his voting demographic, Trump published a tweet in celebration of Cinco de Mayo and to declare his love of tacos and all things Hispanic.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2016
We just hope this means we can expect a tweet of The Donald feasting on empanadas.