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Saturday
Jun252016

Trump Slams Clinton, Downplays Brexit's Potential Effect on the US

ABC News(ABERDEEN, Scotland) -- Donald Trump had dinner with British media mogul Rupert Murdoch Saturday, following a visit to his golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland, one day after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.

Trump earlier chastised Hillary Clinton for failing to appear on camera to talk about the vote, and maintained confidence the vote wouldn't drastically impact the global economy.

"She was 100 percent wrong and she doesn't want to go on camera because she is embarrassed," Trump told reporters on the visit to his golf course.

Trump had tweeted similar sentiments Saturday morning:

 

 

 

Clinton released a statement after the vote stating that she respects the choices of the UK and wants to protect both American families from potential economic turmoil and the United States' special relationship with Britain.

After the British vote to leave the European Union, the stock market had its biggest tumble in 10 months.

Trump, however, said there is always turmoil in the markets and that there are ways to protect the American people from such effects from the Brexit vote.

"This shouldn't even affect Americans if done properly," he said of the economic implications of Britain's decision to secede.

The real problem, Trump maintained, was President Obama "doubling" the national debt.

"We’re now going to be very soon at 21 trillion in debt. That’s the big problem the U.S. has," he said. "We have to do something about it quickly."

When asked how he would react if a state in the U.S., such as Texas, decided to secede, Trump waved away such an idea. "Texas will never do that because Texas loves me," he said.

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Friday
Jun242016

Trump Greeted by Swastika Golf Balls in Scotland 

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(TURNBERRY, Scotland) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is on his two-day business trip to Scotland and so far has spent his time getting in touch with his Scottish roots, giving his two-cents on Brexit, and celebrating the reopening of his luxury resort and golf course Trump Turnberry.

But the trip, which is turning out to be something of an infomercial for the real estate mogul’s properties overseas, has not been without controversy.

Trump’s news conference on the golf course in Ayrshire, with the lighthouse and green hills in the backdrop, got off to a slightly rocky start. Just as Trump positioned himself at the podium, he was interrupted by British comedian, Lee Nelson, who pretended to work at the golf course.

“Sorry Donald, these are the new balls you ordered. Here for you sir, these are the new balls available from the clubhouse as part of the new Trump Turnberry range,” Nelson said joking, and holding up red golf balls with a swastika on them.

 

 

“Please forgive me. If you want you can hand them out,” Nelson said, only to be cut short by U.S. Secret Service and escorted out.

Trump then continued his press conference without another interruption, and later held a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Trump clearly did not find the joke funny, and has defended himself repeatedly against accusations that he's bigot.

Other protesters greeted Trump when he landed in Scotland, however they were roped off.

 

 

The real estate mogul has also angered some locals for suggesting a ban to Muslim immigrants traveling to the U.S. and for trying to expand his Aberdeen golf course, which he plans on visiting tomorrow, by attempting to force the neighbors from their homes.

As reported by the Washington Post, Trump failed to deliver on jobs he promised to bring to the area with the building of his golf course. Trump also fought to stop a wind farm for being built -- even going as far as to sue the government -- because he didn’t want it to block the view from his golf course.

But both properties have special sentiment to Trump, because his mother was born in Scotland.

“She would come to Turnberry with her friends and they'd have dinner at Turnberry. She didn't play golf, but they'd have dinner at Turnberry. So having taken this hotel and done the job that we've done with it is just an honor that I was given the opportunity,” Trump said Thursday.

Trump and his children, along with their families, were able to enjoy Trump Turnberry with a stroll to the 9th tee of the iconic Ailsa course, where he held the news conference, followed by bagpipers.

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Friday
Jun242016

House Members Introduce Unlikely Gun Control Compromise After Democrats' Sit-In

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Hoping to cut through the gridlock around gun control, a bipartisan group of House members introduced a gun control compromise Friday identical to the measure proposed by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, after the Orlando nightclub shooting.

The proposal from Reps. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, Carlos Curbelo, R-Florida, Scott Rigell, R-Virginia, and Bob Dold, R-Illinois, would prevent people on the federal government's no-fly and Selectee lists from buying guns, and provide a mechanism to appeal a denial.

"Simple reforms like this are demanded by the American people," Moulton said in a news conference.

But the lawmakers started working on the proposal before Democrats waged a 25-hour sit-in on the House floor for gun control votes, a tactic that exasperated Republicans and emboldened Democrats.

Now, both sides appear further apart on guns than ever before. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, called the protest a "political stunt," and recessed the House two days early. Democrats left town promising more brazen disruptions when they return on July 5th.

The House members admitted Friday that they don't have the buy-in from leadership to bring the compromise to the floor -- one day after a vote in the Senate effectively left Collins' proposal in legislative purgatory.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office did not return a request to comment on the measure.

"We are going to be pressing the Speaker's office when we get back in session. The pressure will be continuous but respectful," said Rigell, an NRA member who owns several guns, including an AR-15.

Curbelo said it was incumbent on the members to sell the measure to colleagues -- a tall task for a highly-charged issue in an election year.

"If we do nothing, I think we have failed," Rigell said. "It will be a moral failure of this institution."

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Friday
Jun242016

Trump Uses Brexit 'Shockwave' in Fundraising Pitch

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Hours after praising Britain’s vote to leave the European Union as “purely historic,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is fundraising off the vote.

“The voters stood up for their nation – they put the United Kingdom first, and they took their country back,” Trump wrote in an email to supporters praising the United Kingdom referendum vote, dubbed “Brexit.” “Let’s send another shockwave around the world. Let’s take back our country from the corrupt career politicians and put Americans first. Let’s re-declare our independence.”

Trump sent his first fundraising email on Tuesday and told ABC News in Scotland that he doesn’t like asking supporters for money.

“I don’t like doing it. I don’t like doing it Tom. I’m an honest politician, probably one of the few,” Trump said Friday. “I’m raising money for the Republican Party, something I have never done. I have always contributed money to lots of people. A lot of campaign contributions over the years.”

Trump, who is in Scotland for a two-day business trip celebrating the grand reopening of his recently renovated Trump Turnberry resort, hammered President Obama, Hillary Clinton and outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron, accusing them all of “misreading” the electorate amid the push toward Brexit.

Trump even suggested that Obama doomed the pro-Remain camp with his vocal support of Britain’s staying in the European Union.

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Friday
Jun242016

President Obama Reaffirms Ties to United Kingdom After Brexit Vote

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Friday reaffirmed the ties between the U.S and the United Kingdom, after its vote to leave the European Union, stressing "one thing that will not change is the special relationship between our two nations -- that will endure."

Obama said that earlier Friday morning he spoke with British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has announced his resignation in the wake of the referendum, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“David has been an outstanding friend and partner on the global stage and based on our conversation I’m confident that the U.K.’s committed to an orderly transition out of the E.U.,” Obama said. “We agreed that our economic and financial teams will remain in close contact as we stay focused on ensuring economic growth and financial stability.”

The president said he and Merkel “agreed that the United States and our European allies will work closely together in the weeks and months ahead.”

Obama said the U.K.’s vote to leave the E.U. “speaks to the ongoing changes and challenges that are raised by globalization.

“The EU will remain one of our indispensable partners,” Obama promised. “The NATO alliance will remain a cornerstone of global security.”

“Our shared values including our commitment to democracy and pluralism, and opportunity for all people in a globalized world -- that will continue to unite all of us,” he added.


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Friday
Jun242016

Sanders Says He’ll Vote for Clinton But Still Remain in the Race

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Bernie Sanders said in an interview with MSNBC Friday morning that he will vote for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in November.

“Yes. Yeah, I think the issue right here is, I'm going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump," Sanders said. "I think Trump in so many ways will be a disaster for this country, if he were to be elected president."

Still, Sanders said he is not dropping out of the race.

“I haven't heard her say the things I think should be said,” he told CBS Friday morning when asked why he isn’t endorsing her. “To my mind, she has not brought forth the proposals that I think the American people need to hear.”

Sanders explained that he has been in touch with the Clinton campaign about an endorsement, but he’s not clear on a timeline.

“I would hope that that would happen, or it may not happen,” he said when asked if he would endorse Clinton before the Democratic National Convention in July.
 
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Friday
Jun242016

Former Romney Advisor on Trump Alternative: ‘Until Donald Trump Has the Nomination…All Things Are Possible’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — There remain deep rumblings inside the establishment of the Republican Party about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. This week’s episode of ABC’s "Powerhouse Politics" podcast paints a picture in which the Republican National Committee may focus its efforts on down-ticket races to hedge the risk of losing the White House in November to presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, leaving a Trump operation with little infrastructure of its own scrambling to catch up.

Noting the frustration that has endured in several Republican circles with the party’s presumptive nominee, Stuart Stevens, a former adviser to Mitt Romney and an outspoken member of the Never Trump movement, said that there is "still a possibility that the convention could go in a different direction." Stevens noted, "Until Donald Trump has the nomination, one thing we've learned with Donald Trump is that all things are possible."

Stevens said that this sort of political frustration exists in the Democratic Party as well. "There's clearly a desire for an alternative in both parties," Stevens said while referring to recent poll numbers. Speaking of a possible third-party alternative to Donald Trump, Stevens said, "I think choice is good...If someone’s there and he’s credible, or she’s credible...“I think that would be positive.”

Stevens shared his take on the effect of the Trump campaign on the American electorate, saying that “The underlying reality of Donald Trump’s campaign is his continual appeal not to the best of us, but in many ways the worst of us. He’s the anti-Ronald Reagan, the anti-John Kennedy.” “He’s a grievance monger,” Stevens continued. “His appeal I think is he’s the guy who’s gonna settle the score.”

Mark Leibovich of the New York Times Magazine also joined the podcast, discussing his upcoming cover story on Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Leibovich discussed the emerging tensions between the Trump campaign and the Republican Party. "Trump needs the RNC pretty badly right now," Leibovich said. He's "outsourced a great deal of his campaign to them." As a result, Leibovich noted that the RNC "has a fair amount of leverage now." If the party and the Trump campaign do not get along, Leibovich noted, the party could shift its time and energy to winning down-ticket races.

Leibovich also shared insight from his conversations with Republican insiders who seem to be preparing for a loss at the top of the ticket. “What I sense now is not so much soul searching as almost a pre-autopsy," Leibovich said. Leibovich said that he has spoken with several Republicans "expecting to lose, or sort of looking, what could happen after Trump loses if he loses."

ABC News Political Director Rick Klein and Deputy Political Director Shushannah Walshe also discussed some of the week's political headlines, including House Democrats’ recent sit-in and the chaos inside the Trump campaign wrought by the termination of former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and a poor showing from the campaign according to recent FEC filings.

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Friday
Jun242016

Clinton's First Spanish Language TV Ad Will Air During Copa America's Final Match

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Just one day after a decision by the Supreme Court that would halt President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration reform, Hillary Clinton's campaign today debuted its first Spanish-language TV ad -- targeting Donald Trump.

The 60-second spot -- titled "Nuestra Historia" (Our History) -- will air nationally on Sunday during Copa America's final match between Chile and Argentina. The soccer match, which will be held in New Jersey, is expected to draw huge viewership totals on Univision.

The ad features five Latin Americans of Colombian, Mexican, Salvadoran and Puerto Rican descent talking about their American and immigrant roots.

"In our stories there is a spirit, a fight, that is stronger than hate. Stronger than Trump," one woman says.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court voted to uphold a lower court's ruling to halt the president's executive action on immigration. The Court’s 4-4 deadlock blocked the Obama administration policy that would have offered more than 4 million undocumented immigrants a chance to remain in the country without fear of deportation.

Clinton -- who has pledged throughout her campaign to take on immigration reform in her first 100 days as president -- called the decision "heartbreaking" and "unacceptable."

"We must do better," she tweeted.

Trump, on the other hand, responded to the decision in a statement saying President Obama's executive action "the one of the most unconstitutional actions ever undertaken by a President."

Clinton's campaign did not say the cost of this new Spanish TV ad. They have, however, already been on the airwaves in multiple swing-states across the country.

Last week, her campaign launched an 8-figure, six-week television buy and began airing three new television ads in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

BELOW A TRANSCRIPT/TRANSLATION OF THE AD:


Script of " Nuestra Historia" in English


Trump: “We have to do what we have to do.”

Mika Brzezinski: “Are you going to have a massive deportation force?”

Trump: “You’re going to have a deportation force.”

Armandina Sifuentes:
"My family has been here since 1731, before this was the United States."

Lawrence Ramos: "My dad didn’t want me to go to the second war… in that time there was so much discrimination. I wanted to serve because I was born in the United States, and it was my right."

Luisa Santos:
"At 8 years old we moved to the United States. My mom left everything behind to give my sister and I a new opportunity."

HRC VO: “As I look at American history, I see that this has always been a country of we, not me. We stand together because we are stronger together.”

Arelis Hernandez-Cruz: "In our stories there is a spirit, a fight, that is stronger than hate. Stronger than Trump."

Rosa Beltrán: "And the next chapters will be written with our voice, with our vote."

HRC VO: "Soy Hillary Clinton and I approve this message."

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Thursday
Jun232016

Clinton IT Staffer Pleads Fifth 130 Times, Transcript Shows

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton's former IT staffer, once responsible for maintaining her private computer server, refused to answer questions from lawyers about her email setup and invoked his Fifth Amendment right 130 times during a deposition this week, according to a transcript of the deposition.

Bryan Pagliano was deposed Wednesday as part of a lawsuit concerning Clinton's email account brought by the conservative group Judicial Watch. The transcript of that deposition was posted online Thursday.

A total of 14 lawyers were present during the deposition. The sniping began immediately, with one of Pagliano's attorneys objecting to the first question -- claiming it was outside the scope of discovery to inquire whether or not Mr. Pagliano could answer questions truthfully.

As for Pagliano, aside from stating his full name and answering "yes" to a few procedural questions (such as whether or not his name had been pronounced correctly), everything else he uttered was the same: "On the advice of counsel, I will decline to answer your question in reliance on my rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution."

Judicial Watch has a long history of waging legal battles with the Clinton family. In this case, it seeks to show that one of Clinton top staffers, Huma Abedin, broke rules relating to her government employment status and work with outside groups.

Clinton has said that Adebin’s employment status with both the State Department and an outside group was approved under State Department rules at the time.

The federal judge overseeing the case has sought to learn more about Clinton's use of that controversial private email account as part of the discovery process, and has approved plans for the plaintiff to depose a number of Clinton's former and current staffers.

Pagliano had previously struck an immunity deal with the Justice Department in exchange for his cooperation with the FBI's security investigation into Clinton's email server, which is separate from this litigation.

Pagliano also refused to answer questions to the House Select Committee on Benghazi when he was called to testify behind closed doors late last year.

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Thursday
Jun232016

Donald Trump in Scotland: Everything You Need to Know About His Trip

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Starting on Thursday, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump takes a break from the campaign trail and jets off to Scotland, the home of golf, William Wallace and the mythical Loch Ness monster, for a two-day trip.

Often, presidential candidates plan overseas trips to boost their foreign policy credentials -- typically packing their schedules with official meetings. But Trump’s jaunt across the pond looks more like an opportunity for him to tout his own business and real estate endeavors.

Here’s everything you need to know about his trip:

Where He’s Going

Trump touches down in Prestwick, Scotland on Friday at 8:30 AM local time. Later that day he plans to attend the reopening of his recently-renovated resort, the Trump Turnberry, in Ayrshire, where he'll hold a press conference and a ribbon cutting ceremony afterwards.

Trump reportedly invested some $300 million into the resort, which overlooks the Ayrshire coast, and includes a “lighthouse” suite for an “out of this world experience,” according to the hotel's website. Trump acquired the resort in 2014, and did a massive renovation of the property and its famous Ailsa course, which hosted the Open Championship four times.

Saturday, the presidential candidate is planning to visit his other golf course and resort property in Aberdeen before flying back to the United States.

Timing Is Everything

Trump lands on the heels of the “Brexit” referendum, which will determine whether the United Kingdom pulls out of the European Union.

In an interview on Fox Business Wednesday, Trump said he would “probably vote to get out” of the E.U., citing the migration of immigrants as one reason to leave.

“I don't think anybody should listen to me because I haven't really focused on it very much,” Trump said. “But my inclination would be to get out.”

Trump’s trip also comes at the end of a tumultuous week for the presumptive Republican nominee.

Lackluster campaign finance numbers, released late Monday night, showed that Trump raised a meager $3.1 million during the month of May compared to $25.5 million for Hillary Clinton and has just $1.3 million in cash on hand, compared to Clinton’s $42 million on hand.

He also parted ways with his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, this week a move that Trump said: “He’s a good guy, he’s a friend of mine. But I think it's time now for a different kind of a campaign.”

The Cold Shoulder

Turns out Trump may not be welcomed by everyone with open arms.

Back in March, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, said she was keeping her “fingers crossed” Trump will not become president.

“I really hope that Donald Trump does not become President of America. It’s not up to me, it’s not up to us, it’s up to the people of America,” Sturgeon said.

Following Trump’s call to ban Muslim immigration to the United States, Sturgeon revoked his business ambassador credentials. A spokeswoman for Sturgeon said Trump’s comments showed he is “no longer fit to be a business ambassador for Scotland.”

The presumptive Republican nominee is not scheduled to meet with any government leaders or officials while in the United Kingdom.

Fore!

Though Trump will use the trip to showcase his properties, several reports show that his investments in Scotland may not be as successful as he had hoped.

In July 2015, Trump claimed on U.S. financial disclosure reports that his Aberdeen golf course is worth “over $50 million,” yet with documents filed with the British government, Trump reported the course lost more than $1.6 million in 2014, according to the Washington Post. Also last year, the R&A, the governing body of golf, announced that Turnberry will not be considered a host for the Open Championship any time before 2022.

A Trump Family Homecoming

Trump’s trip to Scotland will also represent a moment of connection with his roots.

In 2008, the GOP candidate, whose mother was a Scottish immigrant from the Isle of Lewis, visited Scotland.

“I feel very comfortable here,” Trump said at the time, after visiting his mother’s cottage. “It’s interesting when your mother, who was such a terrific woman, comes from a specific location, you tend to like that location. I think I do feel Scottish.”

Trump added, “I think this land is special, I think Scotland is special, and I wanted to do something special for my mother,” referring to resort and golf course he was hoping to invest in.

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