Donald Trump on Thursday repeated a claim that he's seen a video showing a plane delivering $400 million in cash from the United States to Iran, even after his own campaign acknowledged such an assertion is incorrect.
"A tape was made, you saw that? With the airplane coming in … and the money coming off, I guess,” he said while addressing supporters in Portland, Maine.
At a campaign rally in Florida a day earlier, Trump for the first time said he had seen a video shot by Iran, “taking that money off that airplane.”
President Obama dismissed as "ridiculous" Donald Trump's assertion that the election might be rigged, calling it a conspiracy theory that "doesn't make any sense."
Obama, in fact, seemed almost at a loss for words when a reporter asked him about Trump's recent claims. "What does that even mean?" he asked.
He noted that presidential elections are not run on a federal basis, but instead state-by-state. Places like Texas, where state offices are almost completely controlled by Republicans, would not seem likely to carry out a plot on behalf of Democrats, Obama said.
If there was any doubt that ordinary Americans would open their wallets to donate to a billionaire’s bid for the White House, Donald Trump’s fundraising totals for July put those worries to rest.
Trump hauled in $80 million in July, his biggest total to date, as the campaign struggles to catch up to Democrat Hillary Clinton's well-oiled fundraising machine, according to figures released by the Trump campaign.
The bulk of Trump’s July fundraising came from online and direct-mail solicitations, asking donors to give amounts as small as $35.
Michael Fifer, the CEO of Sturm, Ruger & Co., had excellent news to impart to his shareholders this week. Sales at the Southport, Conn., gun manufacturer were up a handsome 19% in the quarter ended July 2, compared with a year earlier, and profit per share was up 34%.
But a cloud is darkening the company’s destiny, Fifer cautioned during a conference call about the earnings report: politics. Put simply, the 2nd Amendment guaranteeing gun rights is under attack by a certain “nominee of a major political party” who is “actively campaigning against the lawful commerce in arms.” He didn’t have to mention Hillary Clinton by name; his audience understood the reference and it was made even clearer during the Q&A portion of the call.
Donald Trump's recent sharp decline in national polls is also showing up in new surveys of competitive states, with a new poll of the biggest swing state, Florida, showing him trailing by six points.
Clinton leads 48%-42% in Florida in the new survey released by Suffolk University. In a four-way matchup that included the Libertarian nominee, Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein, Clinton led 43%-39%, with Johnson at 4% and Stein at 3%, the poll found.
Clinton's margin over Trump comes mostly from a 12-point edge among women, according to David Paleologos, director of the university's survey research center. Another factor is Trump's continued problem with unifying Republicans. The poll found him getting the support of 74% of Republicans, while Clinton received backing of 81% of Democrats.