Many Europeans seemed surprised and in some cases stunned Wednesday over Donald Trump’s emergence as the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States.
The business mogul and television celebrity all but locked up the Republican nomination with his victory in the Indiana primary Tuesday that was followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and then Ohio Gov. John Kasich ending their campaigns.
“Trump’s foreign policy ideas seem so diffuse and erratic," Thorsten Hasche, a political scientist at the University of Goettingen in Germany, said in an interview. "The prevailing fear is that America would be more isolationist with a President Trump and European countries would have to do more on their own for their own defense.”
When Donald Trump put on a coal miner’s hard hat at a rally Thursday night, it left many in the audience pondering how badly it might muss up his hair.
Newly minted as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Trump mugged for the audience of thousands packed into a sports arena, pretended to shovel coal and finally removed the hat, only to reveal that he’d been saved by his hair spray.
“My hair look OK?” he asked before mocking the environmental advocates who are perpetually at odds with West Virginia’s coal industry.
Hillary Clinton lashed out at presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump on Thursday, arguing that he was dangerous, divisive and out-of-touch with the needs of working Americans.
"With all the challenges we face in America and the world, we can't have a loose cannon in the Oval Office," she told thousands of cheering supporters in a stuffy college gym in East L.A. "That is a risk we cannot afford."
Looking at the heavily Latino crowd, Clinton declared that she could think of no better place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. She spent most of her brief remarks calling for comprehensive immigration reform and a path for citizenship for those in the country illegally.
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He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking about Donald Trump on CNN on Thursday. Perry, once a foe of Trump, said he's supporting the billionaire businessman.
Donald Trump has frequently vowed to "win the Hispanic vote" in November.
This is despite public opinion polls that find Latino voters have overwhelmingly negative impressions of the presumptive GOP nominee, who has called for mass deportations of immigrants in the country illegally and has accused Mexico of sending drug dealers and rapists to the U.S.
On Thursday, the Cinco de Mayo holiday, Trump tried to reach out to Latinos: He tweeted a photo of himself with a giant taco salad.
Huma Abedin, a close aide to Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, was questioned last month by FBI agents investigating whether classified material was mishandled on the private email server used by the former secretary of State and her aides, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
Abedin was interviewed for about two hours at the FBI’s field office in Washington on April 5, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
Abedin is one of Clinton's longtime confidantes. and the interview is the latest indication that FBI agents have completed much of their background work and are nearing a conclusion in the politically sensitive probe.
Hillary Clinton's campaign is launching what it calls a new "Stop Trump" fund, asking supporters to chip in to ensure presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump "can never use the power of the presidency."
"I hope you'll chip in to become a founding donor of the Stop Trump Fund right now — when you do, we’ll send you a free sticker to show off to your friends," Robby Mook, Clinton's campaign manager, wrote in the pitch.
However, it's not really a separate fund, the campaign confirmed. The money goes into the same primary account that is also being used to fend off Bernie Sanders, Clinton's rival for the Democratic nomination.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan has struggled to remain neutral during the GOP primary battle, but Thursday he bared his misgivings about Donald Trump — and what it would take for him to support the nominee.
"I'm just not ready to do that at this point," Ryan said told CNN when asked about backing Trump. "I hope to."
"What is required is that we unify this party. And I think the bulk of the burden on unifying the party will have to come fro our presumptive nominee," said Ryan, who as second in line to the presidency is the highest-ranking elected Republican in office.
Donald Trump named a California banker as his chief fundraiser on Thursday as he prepares to spend as much as $1 billion on his campaign against presumed rival Hillary Clinton.
Steven T. Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs partner and onetime co-chairman of the troubled Relativity Media studio, will serve as Trump’s national finance chairman.
Trump, a billionaire who has spent mostly his own money on the campaign, has vowed to start raising funds for the Republican Party. But he continued to play coy Thursday about whether he will – after months of accusing rivals of trading government favors for donations – seek money for the campaign from contributors with a stake in public business.