BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - A Baton Rouge Councilman wants the city to stop making payments to the Miss USA organization because of NBC's split with the organization's owner, Donald Trump.
The council has authorized payments of $200,000 to support the event and the economic impact it has on Baton Rouge.
Councilman John Delgado says NBC's recent decision not to broadcast the Miss USA Pageant minimizes or eliminates the economic impact. "The agreement with Visit Baton Rouge calls for the pageant to be broadcast on NBC," Councilman Delgado wrote in a statement. "It is clear from recent statements by both NBC and Donald Trump, who owns or controls a majority interest in Miss USA, that their relationship is irrevocably broken and that the pageant will not be broadcast on NBC as we had anticipated."
NBC decided to cancel its Miss USA coverage after Trump said some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S. He also said some immigrants are rapists. He made the comments during a speech to kickoff his presidential campaign.
Trumps says he may sue NBC over its decision.