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Trump defends controversial ad, telling reporter ‘your questions are offensive a lot of times’

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeath toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 48: authorities Graham backs bill to protect Mueller Denham loses GOP seat in California MORE on Monday responded to critics calling his controversial anti-immigration ad "offensive" by saying "a lot of things are offensive." 

A reporter asked Trump about the widespread controversy over the ad, which NBC and Fox pulled from the airwaves on Monday. 

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"I don’t know about it," Trump said. "We have a lot of ads. And they certainly are effective, based on the numbers that we’re seeing." 

"A lot of things are offensive," the president told a reporter pressing him over the ad. "Your questions are offensive a lot of times so, you know." 

The ad, paid for by the Trump campaign, links the so-called migrant caravan heading towards the southern border with Luis Bracamontes, a man convicted of killing two U.S. police officers. It accuses Democrats of seeking to bring people like Bracamontes into the U.S., particularly through the caravan.  

Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler gave Trump "four Pinocchios" for claiming in the ad that Democrats brought Bracamontes back into the country. A review of court records by the Post reveals his case was handled primarily by Republicans.

CNN over the weekend said the ad is "racist," saying the network declined the opportunity to be paid to air the ad.

The ad comes as Trump has leaned into immigration as an issue to stoke his base ahead of Tuesday's elections.