For the second time in a week, Donald Trump has made an enemy of the fire marshal at his campaign rally.

"They said in this massive building, you're not allowed to have any more than 1,000 people, and that's nonsense," the Republican presidential nominee told reporters on Monday minutes before his mid-afternoon rally in Columbus, Ohio. "We could have had four, five, six thousand people. They've all been turned away. You saw them."

Trump had invited reporters to grill him before he took the stage but those present said he ignored several questions about recent controversies before proceeding to rant against the local fire marshal.

"So you have 1,000 people in there. They won't allow any more," he told members of the press. "The fire marshal said he's not allowed to allow any more even though the building holds many thousands of people. So I just wanted to tell you that."

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