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Donald Trump is standing his ground.

The billionaire businessman was unapologetic – and as defiant as ever – about a number of controversies that have inundated his presidential campaign in a wide-ranging interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that aired on Wednesday and Thursday.

The brash real estate mogul and former host of the reality TV show, “The Apprentice,” has come under attack for referring to some immigrants coming into the United States as “rapists.” Trump also addressed head-on a Washington Post report that said there were illegal immigrants working at one of Trump’s hotel construction sites in Washington. And he said he still isn’t totally convinced President Barack Obama was born in this country.

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Speaking at the Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, Trump also took on his fellow presidential candidates and insisted of his long-shot White House bid: “I’m in it to win it.”

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