Trump surprised at GOP criticism of his comments on ‘Mexican’ judge

  • Updated: Jun 06, 2016 19:29 IST
This undated handout photo shows Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the US District Court for the Southern District of California. US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has questioned Curiel’s ‘impartiality’ towards him. (NYT)

Donald Trump has said that he was surprised that Newt Gingrich hammered him for noting the Mexican ancestry of the American judge overseeing lawsuits against Trump University.

Trump told Fox News Channel on Monday that the former House speaker’s criticism was “inappropriate.” Trump

He said he was only defending himself against relentless questions about Trump University by questioning the impartiality of US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Trump says most customers were satisfied with the school.

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Curiel was born in Indiana. Still, Trump said, the judge cannot be impartial in the cases because Curiel’s parents were born in Mexico and Trump wants to build a wall to keep people from sneaking over the border.

Gingrich is one of several prominent Republicans urging Trump to lay off Curiel and unify the GOP.

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