Trump says Russian interference with election ‘probably unlikely’

Clinton blasts Trump's comments on military generals, Putin

Democratic senators, anxious over Hillary Clinton’s inability to pull away from Donald Trump, have some advice for their nominee: Be more open, show your soul, focus on the economy and talk about blue-collar jobs.

“Just for the record”, Larry King told his audience as he introduced Donald Trump last night, “Donald and I go back thirty years, and I consider him a friend”.

The candidates spoke back-to-back Wednesday night, each fielding 30 minutes of questions.

The Republican also repeated an incorrect claim that he was opposed to the war with Iraq before the invasion.

Trump’s interview surfaced as he and Clinton continue to clash over foreign policy in the run-up to the November 8 election. Pence called it “inarguable” that Putin is a stronger leader than the USA president. Clinton’s answer, unsurprisingly, is no. “I’m not sure anything surprises us anymore”.

Russian Federation has become a political wedge issue for Mr Trump-even amongst his own party. With impunity, he repeats statements debunked by fact checkers.

With just two months until Election Day, national security has emerged as a centerpiece issue in the White House race. In some cases, as with his plans to defeat the Islamic State group, Trump says they’re purposefully shrouded in secrecy. He has no military experience and has repeatedly criticized the skill of the armed forces.

Indeed, the entire Trump campaign pitch is a collection of emotional pleas and promises devoid of details of how he would bring them to fruition as president.

Trump has refused to release his tax returns, while she’s disclosed decades of filings.

“I find it frustrating”, she said. He’s never specified what, exactly, he was sorry about.

In 2008, Republican nominee John McCain blasted Russia’s military actions in the country of Georgia and argued he would take a more aggressive approach against the country as president.

Republican opponents have no shortage of examples which they say demonstrate that it’s Clinton who expects deferential treatment. Yet Trump has caught up to her level of support in several states.

But they also believe her missteps have been given far more weight than those of Trump. “It is the symbol of American leadership and these terrorists made a direct hit on who we are as a people and NY has responded and the national government has to stand behind us”, she said.

In a Facebook post published on the page Humans of NY on Thursday, Clinton recounted taking a law school admissions test at Harvard University in 1969 and being harassed by male students. “If I create that perception, then I take responsibility”. “And I could see myself working that out”.

Some of the pushback is clearly strategic. “Nobody said it was going to be on Russian TV”, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on CNN’s “New Day”.

Wednesday’s forum served as a preview of sorts for Clinton and Trump’s highly anticipated debates. Aides fear a scenario in which a single misstep by Clinton gets a tougher assessment than repeated mistakes by Trump.

Yet the Republican nominee’s operation on Thursday indicated no discomfort with the mounting criticism, with Trump running mate Mike Pence echoing the distinction made between Putin and Obama. Both candidates believe they have the upper hand, with Clinton contrasting her experience with Trump’s unpredictability and the Republican arguing that Americans anxious about their safety will be left with more of the same if they elect Obama’s former secretary of state.

With the campaign now in the final two-month stretch, Clinton was wasting no opportunity to harangue Trump over his missteps, accusing him of having “trash-talked” U.S. generals.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chief, also came under scrutiny for his past work in Ukraine for pro-Russian politicians.