Author: Sean Sullivan

Trump’s Ohio state director says campaign has severed ties with state Republican Party chairman

Donald Trump, 2016 Republican presidential nominee, is seen through a teleprompter at a campaign event in Cincinnati on Thursday. On Saturday, Trump’s campaign cut ties with Ohio’s Republican Party chairman. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg) Donald Trump’s campaign has severed ties with the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, according to a letter from Trump’s Ohio state director that highlighted extraordinary intra-party discord in a key swing state less than a month before the election. Robert Paduchik, Trump’s Ohio state director, said in his Saturday letter to members of the GOP’s state central committee that state Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges, whom he copied on the note, “does not represent or speak for the candidate and he no longer has any affiliation with the Trump-Pence campaign.” The Columbus Dispatch first reported the letter, which appears under Trump campaign letterhead and was confirmed by Seth Unger, Trump’s Ohio spokesman. In it, Paduchik writes that Trump is “very disappointed” with Borges’s “duplicity,” according to a conversation they had this week. Paduchik accuses Borges of embarking on a “self-promotional media tour with state and national outlets to criticize our party’s nominee.” “Mr. Trump told me, ‘this is why people have lost faith in the establishment and party leaders.’ I have to agree with him. Too often some leaders of our party have been quick to bail on candidates and principles; it’s why our nation is on the wrong track,”...

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WATCH: Trump launches deeply personal attacks against women accusers, calling them ‘horrible, horrible liars’

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Panama City, Fla., Oct. 11. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Donald Trump unleashed a deeply personal string of attacks Thursday against the women who have accused him of groping or kissing them without their consent, labeling them “horrible, horrible liars” and telling his supporters to “look” at one of his accusers and decide if she is telling the truth. “You take a look. Look at her. Look at her words. You tell me what you think. I don’t think so,” the Republican presidential nominee said, singling out former People magazine reporter Natasha Stoynoff, who wrote Wednesday that Trump kissed her without her consent at his Mar-a-Lago resort when they were alone before an interview with him and his wife, Melania, in 2005. The rhetorical salvo came as Trump faced allegations from Stoynoff and three other women in Wednesday news reports, all of which he denies. “These people are horrible people. They’re horrible, horrible liars. And interestingly, it happens to appear 26 days before our very important election,” Trump said. Trump’s treatment of women is under intense scrutiny. The Washington Post reported a 2005 video on which he can be heard making vulgar comments about forcing himself physically on women. He said at Sunday’s presidential debate that he never engaged in the behavior he was talking about on the tape. The women who came forward with their...

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Trump’s Scottish golf resorts report 2015 losses

Donald Trump speaks to the media during a tour of his International Golf Links course north of Aberdeen on the east coast of Scotland on June 25. (Michal Wachucik/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images) A pair of luxe Scottish golf resorts operated by Donald Trump suffered millions of dollars in losses during 2015, according to recent filings with a U.K. government agency, adding another complication to Trump’s pitch for the White House, in which he has frequently emphasized his business acumen. Golf Recreation Scotland Limited, which operates the Trump Turnberry luxury resort in Ayrshire, reported a loss of about 8.4 million British pounds (about $12.4 million at the time) in 2015, according to a filing with Companies House, an agency that collects information from companies and makes it available to the public. The course underwent an expensive renovation that was completed earlier this year. On the filing, Trump’s son Eric Trump, who like his father is listed as a director, writes that “the operating loss before depreciation and foreign exchange for the nine months pre closure period” that ended on Sept. 30, 2015, was 254,000 pounds, and the loss for the financial year “before depreciation, amortisation and foreign exchange” was 1.65 million pounds. Eric Trump wrote in the filing that revenue is expected to increase after the renovation. Trump International Golf Club Scotland Limited, which oversees the Trump International Golf Links...

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