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Univision had said earlier Thursday that because of offensive comments Trump made about Mexico and Mexicans when he launched his campaign, it was breaking off with the pageant organization – of which Trump is an owner – and that it would not air the event on July 12.
Trump told Fox News' Gretchen Carlson that Univision was breaching its contract to air the pageant for five years.
"I'm going to have to sue Univision now because I speak negatively about trade with Mexico," he said. "Univision says you have to stop talking badly about Mexico... They have a signed contract."
Trump, during the interview, did not back down from the statements he said about Mexico – but he said his words were twisted and he did not disparage all Mexicans or Latinos in general.
Latinas have played a major role in the Miss Universe pageant, winning the crown 23 times since 1952. In 2014, contestants from roughly 24 Latino countries participated.
The contract with Univision, which Trump said was a five-year, $15 million deal, was signed in January.
"They can't do this," he said. "They want me to stop saying the facts."
Trump said in his campaign speech that Mexico imports to the United States drug dealers, rapists, and others who have an adverse impact on this country.
Univision officials told Fox News Latino they would not comment beyond this morning's statement.
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