Author: Jenna Johnson

Donald Trump’s surrogates try to explain his evolution on birtherism

Donald Trump has yet to take questions from reporters about why he finally decided Friday that President Obama was, in fact, born in the United States, forcing some of his top surrogates to answer for him during Sunday morning news shows. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, all insisted that the issue has been put to rest, and they tried to turn attention to other matters. Christie, who was interviewed on CNN, said that Trump accepted the president’s citizenship when Obama presented his long-form birth certificate in 2011 and that he dropped the issue then — which is an inaccurate account of events. Trump repeatedly questioned the validity of the document in 2011, and in August 2012, he tweeted that “an ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud.” As a presidential candidate, Trump has continued to say in interviews that he didn’t know whether Obama was born in the United States. In an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday night, Trump declined to answer questions about the president’s birthplace. On the campaign trail, he repeatedly suggested that the president might not be Christian or that he might sympathize with Islamic State militants. [Trump admits Obama was born in the U.S. but falsely blames Clinton for spreading rumors] “It’s just not true that he kept it up...

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Trump: Clinton’s ‘deplorables’ comment is the ‘single biggest mistake of the political season’

Donald Trump, left, speaks with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, as he attends a ceremony at the Sept. 11 memorial in New York on Sunday. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press) Donald Trump said Monday that Hillary Clinton has committed the “single biggest mistake of the political season” by saying at a fundraiser on Friday night that half of Trump’s supporters fall into a “basket of deplorables.” Trump said the remark is “much worse” than when Mitt Romney said at a 2012 fundraiser that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on the government. [Clinton says she regrets labeling ‘half’ of Trump supporters ‘deplorable’] “Personally, when I heard it I thought that it was not something that was within the realm of possible, that she would have said it. And I said to my people: ‘I don’t believe that she said it. I think you have to check it, because there’s no way that she said this,’ ” Trump said Monday morning on Fox News Channel. “And she actually did, and she even really doubled up, because it was said with such anger, such unbelievable anger. And I think this is the biggest mistake of the political season. I really do. When I saw this in its full form, and I saw the anger with which she said it — I mean, the way she spoke — I think it’s the single biggest mistake of the...

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Trump to release ‘very, very specific’ health information this week

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a town hall, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Virginia Beach, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) A day after Hillary Clinton fell ill at a 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York, Donald Trump announced on Monday that he underwent a physical last week and will release “very, very specific” results this week. “Hopefully they’re going to be good. I think they’re going to be good,” Trump said on Fox News on Monday morning. “I feel great.” Trump was standing near Clinton when quickly left the ceremony Sunday morning. Her campaign later said that she was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday and grew overheated at the ceremony, but quickly recovered after resting at her daughter’s home. Trump mostly declined to discuss Clinton’s health during interviews on Fox News and CNBC on Monday morning, saying that he hopes she recovers soon. “Like you, I just, I see what I see. The coughing fit was a week ago, so I assume that was pneumonia also. I mean, I would think it would have been, so something’s going on,” Trump said on Fox News. “But I hope she just gets well and gets back on the trail. And we’ll be seeing her at the debate.” Trump was also asked if he thinks the Democratic National Committee will replace Clinton. “No, I don’t think they’ll replace her,” Trump said. “We have to see what’s...

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Another unclear Trump stance: Will he give an immigration speech?

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., on Wednesday. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) Donald Trump and his campaign keep teasing that he will soon give a speech laying out his exact positions on a number of key immigration issues, but initial plans have fallen through. This all started Saturday when Trump told a group of Hispanic advisers that he would give an immigration speech in Colorado on Thursday and urged them to attend, according to several attendees. On Monday, aides said that there would be no speech on Thursday but that Trump would participate in a lengthy, immigration-focused town hall in Texas on Tuesday that would air on Fox News over two nights. The speech cancellation was at least partially blamed on scheduling confusion as a new campaign manager took over Trump’s operation. But it also came as Trump signaled that he was willing to change his stance on deporting the 11 million immigrants illegally living in the United States. [Trump suddenly sounds a lot like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio on immigration] “We inherited a schedule,” Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said Tuesday on Fox News in explaining the sudden change. “And although I think it’s a great idea to have that kind of speech, and certainly put together a full plan, immigration is such a complex issue, and Mr. Trump has been taking the counsel of many different people on...

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Eight documents Donald Trump has yet to fully release

Donald Trump speaks during a rally on Wednesday in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Years ago, Donald Trump built his political brand by questioning President Obama’s background and demanding he release records. Today, Trump has declined to release many of the same records that he once encouraged others to release. Here are eight that The Washington Post has asked Trump to release: 1) Tax returns: All major presidential nominees since 1976 have released their tax returns. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had earlier released returns from 2007 to 2014 and released her 2015 return on Friday. 2) Gov. Mike Pence’s tax returns: Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, also released his tax returns from the past 10 years on Friday. Aides to Pence have yet to say if he will do the same. 3) Melania Trump’s immigration records: Given Trump’s firm opposition to illegal immigration, questions have been raised about Melania Trump’s journey to becoming a U.S. citizen. Trump indicated earlier this week that his wife plans to soon release documentation at “a little news conference.” That news conference has yet to be scheduled, and Trump has yet to release documentation of his wife’s path to legalization. It is unknown what kind of work visa Melania Trump first received and when, along with how she received her green card. 4) Documentation of charitable giving: David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post has repeatedly asked Trump to provide...

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Trump: Once I’m president, police officers will no longer be shot on the job

A painting of Donald Trump is seen as police officers stand guard outside Public Square at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 21. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Donald Trump said that once he becomes president, police officers will no longer be shot on the job. “We’re going to make our country safe again, and we’re going to make our country great again,” Trump said during a rally in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday night. “And we’re going to have law and order, and we’re going to respect our police, because you have to respect our police. We’re not going to shoot our police. We’re not shooting our police. It’s never been so dangerous to be a policeman or woman. It’s never been so dangerous.” Trump referenced the recent murders of on-duty police officers in Dallas and Louisiana, then promised the crowd: “It’s going to stop, okay? It’s going to stop. We’re going to be law and order. It’s going to stop.” Last year 123 police officers were killed in the line of duty, according to the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Recent years have seen far fewer deaths than in the 1970s, when more than 200 officers were killed several years in a row. In the first six months of this year, 20 officers were fatally shot in the line of duty, compared with 16 in the first six months of 2015, according to the...

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