NEW YORK – It’s been a tough week for Donald Trump. First, the presidential candidate was dumped by NBC following statements he made about Mexican immigrants during his presidential announcement, and now mega-retailer Macy’s has announced it’s done with the Donald. But there is some lingering uncertainty over who dumped whom.
Macy’s told FOX411 dropping the mogul was its idea.
"We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form,” the retailer wrote in a statement. “We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation. In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004.”
But Trump insists the decision to end the relationship was his.
“I have decided to terminate my relationship with Macy’s because of the pressure being put on them by outside sources,” he said in a statement sent to FOX411.
The pressure Trump seemed to refer to came in the form of an online petition imploring Macy’s to drop Trump, which garnered more than 700,000 signatures.
Trump stated that if he launches a new product line, it will be solely comprised of made-in-America items.
“While selling Trump ties and shirts at Macy’s is a small business in terms of dollar volume, my principles are far more important and therefore much more valuable. I have never been happy about the fact that the ties and shirts are made in China, and should I start a new product line somewhere in the future, I would insist that they are made in America. Quite frankly, I was never satisfied with manufacturing my product in China, but because of what they’ve done in terms of devaluing their currency, it is very hard for other companies to compete and make such apparel in the United States. These are the kinds of issues I am committed to addressing.”
Trump reiterated that he is only committed to his presidential run, not the brands he’s had business relationships with up until this week.
“I have also continually stated that I am not beholden to anyone and this includes NBC and Macy’s. Clearly, NBC and Macy’s support illegal immigration, which is totally detrimental to the fabric of our once great country. Both Macy’s and NBC totally caved at the first sight of potential difficulty with special interest groups who are nothing more than professional agitators, who are not looking out for the people they purport to represent, but only for themselves. It is people like this that are actually running our country because our leaders are weak and ineffective.”
Fox News' Christopher Snyder contributed to this report.