Donald Trump on NY Times: ‘Very Rich Mexican’ Carlos Slim ‘Owns a Big Chunk of the Paper,’ ‘Has a Lot of Power Over the Paper’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to voters during a campaign event February 18, 2016 in Gaffney, South Carolina.
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Donald Trump is offering a possible explanation for the biased reporting on him by the New York Times.

“The New York Times is not exactly positive to Donald Trump, I can tell you that, and I’m very strong on illegal immigration and the border,” Trump told Stephen K. Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Daily on Sirius-XM’s Patriot.

“We either have a border or we don’t. If we don’t have a border, we don’t have a country. These people are pouring through like swiss cheese, drugs are pouring in. The Times never talks about the drugs, they never talk about the crime,” Trump said.

Bannon noted that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim now has a significant ownership interest in the Times.

“Carlos Slim came in and I believe he now owns up to 15 percent [of the New York Times]. It’s an open secret in the newsroom that Carlos Slim is the guy that’s going to bail out the Times,” Bannon said, noting that some believe he “was looking for a platform to influence American policy.”

“Well, certainly, people should know about it,” Trump responded. “They may be doing the work of somebody else. We really don’t know that. Certainly a very rich Mexican owns a big chunk of the paper and has a lot of power over the paper.”

Trump also took a shot at the Republican leadership in Washington, which he notes has a pattern of caving to pressure from Democrats.

The most recent “Omnibus budget deal,” for instance, which increased the national debt to more than $19 trillion, was “approved by the Republicans in about, what 15 seconds?” Trump noted.

Trump currently holds a double-digit lead in most polls going into Saturday’s GOP primary in South Carolina.

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