Trump to do first interview with Spanish-language network

Trump to do first interview with Spanish-language network
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE is set to participate in what is being billed as his first interview with a Spanish-language TV network since taking office.

Trump will sit down with Telemundo journalist José Díaz-Balart on Thursday night, the network announced, an interview that comes a week before the first Democratic presidential debate.

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Telemundo did not specify if any particular topics would be discussed in the interview, which it said will be available on the network’s website, mobile application and YouTube page. The White House did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Hill.

The interview comes as the administration doubles down on its push to curtail unauthorized immigration, reaching a deal with Mexico for the country to ramp up enforcement efforts at the border and elsewhere and announcing a new effort by Immigration and Customs Enforcement starting next week to boost deportations of undocumented immigrants.

Trump has feuded with Univision, one of Telemundo’s top competitors, in the past. He sued the network in 2015 over a business dispute related to airing Trump’s Miss Universe pageant and ejected Jorge Ramos, one of the network’s correspondents, from a campaign press conference in 2016, telling him to “go back to Univision.”

The president, who has ramped up his criticism of certain media outlets recently, including accusing The New York Times of committing "a virtual act of Treason" over the weekend, also sat down with ABC News's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosKudlow: 'I don't honestly know' if Trump was joking about China investigating Bidens The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's impeachment woes mount Jordan refuses to say whether Trump asking China for investigation was appropriate MORE last week for an extensive interview.