Author: Abby Phillip

Trump’s supporters admonish him for Twitter use but give him wide berth to govern

A crowd attends an event with Donald Trump in West Allis, Wis., on Tuesday. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg) CLEVELAND — As Donald Trump assembles his Cabinet and prepares to enact his agenda, some supporters who put him in office are giving him wide latitude to bring “drastic change” to their lives. But they say that the president-elect needs to quickly adjust to the gravity of the office, namely by giving up a favorite tool: Twitter. During a focus group discussion here Tuesday night, a dozen Trump supporters said they believed that the president-elect should make one major change: Act more presidential. To a person, they said that his use of Twitter was unnecessary, unprofessional, and potentially damaging to his presidency. “He needs to stay off Twitter and quit responding to every little thing people put out there,” said Melinda Berger, 51. “It seems juvenile. Bring yourself above it.” [Trump recruits army of chief executives to battle with the system in Washington] “Whatever he’s doing in the presidency, Twitter should have nothing to do with it,” added Eric Viersulz, 29. Their criticism of Trump’s use of social media was a rare moment of disappointment for the otherwise hopeful group of 12 Trump voters — Republicans, Democrats and Independents — from the Cleveland area. The focus group, conducted on behalf of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and moderated by Democratic pollster Peter Hart,...

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Joking about health rumors, Clinton asks Kimmel to take her pulse to ‘make sure I’m alive’

Hillary Clinton appears on Jimmy Kimmel on ABC on Monday, August 22, 2016. (RANDY HOLMES/ABC ) Hillary Clinton had a few late night laughs at the expense of conspiracy theorists who have been pushing rumors about her health in right wing circles on the Internet. Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday night, Clinton jokingly demonstrated her strength and good health, asking Kimmel to take her pulse and opening a pickle jar on set. “Take my pulse while I’m talking to you — make sure I’m alive,” Clinton joked. “Oh my God, there’s nothing there!” Kimmel said. The theories began online but have trickled up to Donald Trump and his allies on the campaign trail. Trump regularly suggests that Clinton does not have the “mental and physical stamina” to be president. And former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Trump adviser, said this week that he believes that Clinton has “several signs of illness.” [Rudy Giuliani gets the street brawl with Hillary Clinton that he’s always wanted] “Back in October the National Enquirer said I’d be dead in six months. So with every breath I take I feel like it’s a repudiation,” Clinton said. “I don’t know why they are saying this. On the one hand it’s part of the wacky strategy—just say all these crazy things and maybe you can get some people to believe you. On the other hand it...

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Clinton calls for donations for Louisiana flood victims, but warns against causing ‘distractions’

Gene Ulmer (L) and Bonnie Ulmer survey the damage to their home after floodwaters inundated the home with water on August 19, 2016 in St Amant, Louisiana. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least thirteen deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the floodwaters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said that she called Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) on Friday, but suggested that she would not travel to the state to avoid distracting from flood relief efforts there. In a statement posted on Facebook, Clinton urged her supporters to donate to the relief efforts. “The flooding there is bigger than anyone expected — more than 40,000 homes have been damaged and more than 100,000 people have been affected,” Clinton said. “My heart breaks for Louisiana, and right now, the relief effort can’t afford any distractions. “The very best way this team can help is to make sure Louisianans have the resources they need,” she added. Clinton’s comments come after Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence traveled to Baton Rouge on Friday to tour the damage. [Trump, drawing contrast to Obama, visits flood-ravaged Baton Rouge] Trump has criticized President Obama for not leaving his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard to travel to Louisiana. But the state’s Democratic governor, Bel Edwards, said that Trump did not contact his office before...

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WATCH: Warren Buffett is also being audited but still wants to share his tax returns with Donald Trump

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett yells “Go big red!” the Nebraska Cornhuskers chant, prior to the Berkshire annual meeting in Omaha, Neb., on May 2, 2015. (Rick Wilking/Reuters) OMAHA — Two wealthy men, two IRS audits, two tax returns, and one date — possibly. Warren Buffett threw down the gauntlet Monday in Omaha, challenging Donald Trump to release his tax returns “anytime, anywhere” between now and election day. Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and among the top 10 richest men in the world, called it “an offer I hope he can’t refuse.” “I’ll bring my return, he’ll bring his return, we’re both under audit,” Buffett said. “You will learn a whole lot more about Donald Trump if he produces his income tax returns,” Buffett said. Buffett spoke at a rally here, where he introduced Hillary Clinton and sharply criticized Trump. He noted that Trump has released a financial statement in lieu of his tax returns, but Buffett said that it isn’t enough. “As someone who’s filled out financial statements and someone who’s filled out an income tax return, I can tell ya, they are two very different animals,” Buffett said. “He’s not afraid because of the IRS, he’s afraid because of you,” he added. “You’re only afraid if you’ve got something to be afraid...

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Clinton is vetting retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis for VP

NATO commander, Navy Admiral James Stavridis, left, and Head of Russia’s joint chiefs of staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov, right, embrace during their meeting in Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. During the meeting, Gen. Makarov reiterated Moscow’s concerns over the expansion of NATO’s missile defense system. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel) Hillary Clinton is considering retired Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis to be her vice presidential running mate, according to a person familiar with the vetting process. Stavridis, who left military service as a four-star admiral in 2013, now serves as the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Clinton’s consideration of him was first reported by the New York Times. Stavridis declined to comment through a spokesman and directed inquiries to the Clinton campaign. The Clinton campaign also declined to comment. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, is reportedly considering a former military officer, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, in his vice presidential search. Stavridis adds a lesser-known figure to a list of mostly politicos — current and former lawmakers or government officials — that are known to be considered by Clinton. Stavridis, 61, served as the supreme allied commander of NATO and commander of U.S. European Command from 2009 to 2013. And he chaired the U.S. Naval Institute — an independent group that serves as an outside “think tank” for the U.S. Navy — after retiring....

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WATCH: Clinton goes full policy wonk to draw contrast with Trump’s ‘reckless ideas’

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton met veterans to discuss national security. She also addressed Trump’s response to the Orlando shooting. (Reuters) HAMPTON, Va. — “I’m taking a lot of notes,” Hillary Clinton admitted to the panel on national security on Wednesday. The small group of invited service members and their families chuckled. Hillary Clinton, policy wonk, was in the building. Days after delivering two speeches where she sharply criticized Donald Trump over his approach to national security, Clinton’s five-person panel discussion in one of the nation’s most concentrated hubs of service members and military families took a different approach to drawing a contrast with Trump. Clinton had come, she told the small room of invited guests, to “do a lot more listening than talking.” “After all the Twitter rants and conspiracy theories we’ve been hearing recently, it’s time for a substantive discussion about how we protect our country,” Clinton said, characterizing Trump’s response to the Orlando massacre that left 49 dead on Sunday. The event is a staple of Clinton’s presidential campaign and they are — in some cases, by design — the opposite of the mega-rallies and flashy events that are Trump’s cup of tea. Hillary Clinton is flanked by Virginia first lady Dorothy McCauliffe and James Barnett at Wednesday’s discussion on national security at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, Va. (Gary Cameron/Reuters) Joined by...

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Clinton on ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ label: It’s not what we call it, it’s what we do about it

(Chris Kleponis/AFP/Getty Images) CLEVELAND — Hillary Clinton dismissed the criticism that she and President Obama have been hesitant to use the phrase “radial Islamic terrorism” to describe the ideology that might have inspired the attack in Orlando. Donald Trump in particular faulted Clinton for refusing to use the phrase in the wake of the Orlando massacre, which left 50 people dead. In several interviews on Monday morning, Clinton said that Orlando was clearly a terror attack inspired by the Islamic State, but that she is far less concerned about putting a label on it. “Trump as usual is obsessed with name calling, and from my perspective it matters what we do, not what we say,” Clinton said on NBC News’s “Today” show. “It matters that we got [Osama] bin Laden, not what name we called him.” [Trump and Clinton and their very different responses to the Orlando shootings] Clinton said that she refuses to “demonize” and “demagogue” an entire religion, which, she added, only plays into the hands of terrorists. “To me, radical  jihadism, radical islamism, I think they mean the same thing,” Clinton said. “I’m happy to say either. But that’s not the point.” “All this talk and demagoguery and rhetoric is not going to solve the problem,” she added. Clinton also focused heavily on inadequate gun-control laws, which, she said, is allowing dangerous individuals and terrorists to use “weapons of war”...

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‘Donald Trump himself is a fraud’: Clinton seizes on Trump U controversy

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to California voters during a rally in downtown San Jose  on  May 26. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) Hillary Clinton let loose on Donald Trump on Wednesday, seizing on the controversy surrounding the now-defunct Trump U to argue that he is attempting to defraud the country. “His own employees testified that Trump U —  you can’t make this up — that Trump U was a fraudulent scheme where Donald Trump enriched himself at the expense of hard-working people,” Clinton said. “This is just more evidence that Donald Trump himself is a fraud.” “He is trying to scam America the way he scammed all those people at Trump U,” she added. Clinton unveiled the new line of attack against Trump’s “scam” campaigning in Newark, N.J., on Wednesday. She cited documents released  Tuesday in a lawsuit against the company that indicated that employees encouraged students to max out credit cards to enroll in classes in addition to other controversial marketing tactics. “On issue after issue, we see someone who is unqualified and unfit to be president of the United States,” Clinton said. This latest fiery attack on Trump is a window into the argument her campaign hopes to make against the businessman and likely Republican nominee. Clinton  implied Wednesday that Trump was miserly in his giving to charity, thin-skinned in his dealings with the media and...

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