Donald Trump has sought to cast himself as the candidate who, if elected president, will restore what he calls "law and order" to the United States.
And Trump's first television ad of the general election drives home this message, assailing Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, for her support of taking in Syrian refugees and her positions on immigration.
But some of the claims in Trump's ad do not necessarily offer the full picture.
After a tumultuous stretch since accepting the GOP presidential nomination last month, Donald Trump tried this week to broaden his appeal to a wider swath of the electorate, aiming to sow the seeds for a competitive fall race with Hillary Clinton.
Trump shook up his campaign leadership, launched television ads, gave one of the best speeches of his candidacy and visited flood-ravaged Louisiana. But by making such moves fewer than 100 days before election day, an open question remains about whether he has enough time to capitalize on them.
"As a Republican, you have virtually no margin of error, and Trump’s campaign is nothing but errors," said GOP strategist Reed Galen, who worked for former President George W. Bush. “They sort of tumble from one thing to the next really without much thought to where, when and how it’s going to happen.”
Hillary Clinton's campaign scrambled to assert that the resignation of a top Donald Trump campaign operative would not end Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Paul Manafort quit Friday as Trump's campaign chairman, two days after he was effectively demoted when Trump brought aboard a campaign CEO, Stephen K. Bannon, the former head of the right-wing Breitbart News site.
Manafort had come under fire in recent weeks for revelations about his work in Ukraine for a pro-Russia political party.
As Donald Trump and Mike Pence prepared Friday for an expected visit to this flood-ravaged region, some victims expressed gratitude for the high-profile attention and questioned why President Obama has not yet toured the damage.
Thousands have been displaced by the floods and are living in nearly three dozen shelters statewide.
“Trump is a businessman who knows for sure revitalization efforts. Why not?” said Sharon Bell, who lost her home in Denham Springs. Bell, 56, who drives a taxi, said the controversy surrounding Trump’s often-combative nature did not prevent her from welcoming the GOP candidate. “His loose lips can’t sink a ship that is already sunk.”
A spokeswoman for Donald Trump’s campaign said Hillary Clinton suffers from a rare language disorder caused by brain damage, a claim Clinton’s doctor quickly denied as false.
Katrina Pierson, who is not a doctor, issued her diagnosis on MSNBC, saying Clinton suffers from dysphasia, a disorder caused by brain disease or damage.
“What’s new are the other reports of the observations of Hillary Clinton’s behavior and mannerisms ... as well as her dysphasia, the fact that she’s fallen, she has had a concussion,” Pierson said Thursday.
Donald Trump's embattled campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned Friday, two days after a campaign shake-up that left his power diminished.
“This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,” Donald Trump said in a statement. “I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.”
Manafort had been dogged by increasing questions about his work for a pro-Russian party in Ukraine.
As GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump heads to Louisiana on Friday to survey the aftermath of deadly flooding, it’s worth remembering that disasters — whether natural or man-made — present a unique challenge for politicians. The goal is to appear statesman-like without seeming craven, using crises for political gain.
Trump can look to a recent history of Republican nominees making similar moves with mixed results.
In 2012, the day after Mitt Romney accepted the Republican nomination, he canceled a rally and headed to the Louisiana bayou to view the aftermath of a hurricane. He drove past flooded homes and discussed recovery efforts with then-Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. David Vitter, both Republicans.
For a candidate who proudly stands behind his most caustic comments, it was a mea culpa of sorts.
On Thursday, Donald Trump expressed some regret over his behavior on the campaign trail, saying he hadn’t always used the “right words” in speeches and television interviews.
“Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing,” the Republican presidential nominee told supporters at a rally in Charlotte, N.C. “I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain.”