Washington: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has termed the media as "dishonest" for turning into a negative story his joke on ejecting a baby from one of his election rallies early this week.
"Actually, I was only kidding, you can get the baby out of here," Trump had said referring to his rally in Loudon County, Virginia on Tuesday, wherein he apparently asked the mother of a crying baby to leave the hall.
"I actually said the first time, 'All right, keep the baby here, don't worry about it. Then, after about two minutes, I said, 'You know what, I'm going to counteract my order. Beautiful baby, eh, if you take her outside, that's not so bad.' That was it. The whole place laughed. We had a good time," Trump said.
"The press came out with headlines: 'Trump throws baby out of arena.' So dishonest. I mean these are dishonest people. I could give you 20 stories like that. Everyone's having fun, we're smiling, I'm waving. Everyone's having fun, but they say Trump throws baby. You know how terrible that is? It's such a lie. And they know it's a lie," he alleged.
"I've heard so much about that beautiful baby, beautiful parents, so much. I don't throw babies out, believe me. I love babies. I love my children, I love babies. I don't throw babies out, believe me," said the New York-based businessman.
He referred to the event at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, days after facing flake from the media for ejecting the mother of a crying baby from his election meeting.
"At one of the events, a beautiful baby was crying. And I mean crying like you wouldn't believe. This baby could have been Pavarotti," he said.
"In fact, I'm going to find out who that baby is. I'm going to make a deal with the parents because we can take that baby to a training school and it'll be the next great Pavarotti," Trump told the crowd in Iowa.
"This was a beautiful baby and a beautiful mother. And the baby was crying and I jokingly said 'You know what, that's OK, let the baby cry, we love babies," Trump said.