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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In an interview with ABC News’ Tom Llamas, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump criticized a meeting that took place between former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch at a Phoenix, Arizona airport on Monday.

Trump -- citing an open FBI inquiry into Hillary Clinton's email at the State Department -- said that the meeting was “just something that you don’t do from an ethical standpoint. It’s something that is unheard of.”

He added, “Nobody can even think where there’s a precedent.”

The meeting between the attorney general and the former president was unplanned, according to Lynch, who spoke about the conversation at a press conference on Wednesday. “As I was landing, he was headed out,” said Lynch, referring to President Clinton. At a Tuesday press conference, Lynch said: “There was no discussion on any matter pending before the department or any matter pending with any other body. There was no discussion of Benghazi, no discussion of State Department emails.”

“When you meet for a half hour and you’re talking about your grandchildren and a little bit about golf,” Trump said on a day when he was campaigning in New Hampshire, “I don’t know it sounds like a long meeting.”

Trump continued, “I was very surprised I was surprised that frankly he would do it, and I was very surprised that she would do it,” referring to Clinton and Lynch.

“I think it was a meeting that even the Democrats are saying ‘what’s going on here,’” Trump said.

Trump pointed to an ongoing Department of Justice investigation, which could create a conflict of interest between Clinton and Lynch.

“You know who would think that when you have this massive investigation going on on emails, which is so serious, they’d have a meeting like this,” Trump told Llamas. “So I was very surprised. I was actually very disappointed to see it.”

Lynch acknowledged the meeting when asked about it by a local ABC News affiliate in Phoenix.

"I did see President Clinton at the Phoenix airport as he was leaving and spoke to myself and my husband on the plane," she said at a news conference.

Hillary Clinton has apologized for using private email. The FBI investigation is not focused on whether Clinton should not have done used private email, but rather if anyone bore responsibility for mishandling sensitive information.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump said that he would be open to using NATO forces to fight ISIS despite blasting the alliance in the past as "obsolete," he told ABC News’ Tom Llamas Thursday.

“I like the idea of using NATO and also neighbors that aren’t in NATO and take them out. You gotta take them out,” Trump said ahead of a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire.

However, Trump has been critical of NATO in the past, calling it “obsolete” and “expensive” in an interview on “This Week” in March.

“It's going to have to be either readjusted to take care of terrorism or we're going to have to set up a new -- a new coalition, a new group of countries to handle terrorism because terrorism is out of control,” Trump said of NATO at the time.

In the interview with Llamas, Trump acknowledged that he has not released the details of his plan to defeat ISIS because “everybody’s watching.”

“I don’t like giving away like, ‘We’re gonna hit them here. We’re gonna hit them there.’ I like to keep it quiet,” Trump said, adding, “We’re going to hit them very hard, it’s very true, it’s very possible that we should use NATO.”

Trump told Llamas he saw an advantage in using NATO forces.

“I don’t want to get too much of ours involved. I want NATO to be involved,” Trump said. “We spend a tremendous amount of money on NATO. We take care of countries that frankly should be taking care of themselves in terms of economically.”

Trump also referred to his past comments on NATO.

“I was the one that said NATO is obsolete because they don’t cover terrorism properly, you remember that. That was about four months ago, I took a lot of heat,” he said. “Three days later they came up and they said, ‘Trump is right.’”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- During the eight years in which Sen. Tim Kaine served as the lieutenant governor and governor of Virginia, he disclosed that he accepted more than $160,000 worth of gifts.

The gifts, which were legal and mostly travel to and from political events, could now come under a harsher spotlight now that Kaine is reportedly one of the top contenders to become Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

But a spokesman Thursday defended the Democrat’s actions while he was in the Virginia statehouse in Richmond. “Sen. Kaine went beyond the requirements of Virginia law, even publicly disclosing gifts of value beneath the reporting threshold. He’s confident that he met both the letter and the spirit of Virginia’s ethical standards,” the spokesman said in a statement.

The statement was in reaction to a story, posted by Politico, that summarized the disclosures Kaine made from 2001 to 2009. Other people, including the conservative NRO commentator Jim Geraghty in 2013, had previously written about the same gifts.

Kaine’s gifts included over $2,000 from power and energy company Dominion, which services states including Virginia, for travel to and from meetings of the Southern Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

Dominion also flew him from Virginia to Indianapolis for the 2006 NCAA Final Four game after he reportedly missed his commercial flight there because he was attending the funeral of a former colleague.

He also disclosed the free use of a vacation home, owned by investor James B. Murray, on the tony West Indies island of Mustique in 2005, which Kaine’s staff determined would be valued at $18,000.

The Republican National Committee reacted to the vacation home in an email statement today, blasting a picture of Mustique to reporters, calling it “the exclusive getaway in the West Indies where Tim Kaine vacationed for free with his family at the home of a wealthy campaign donor whom Kaine reappointed to a state board soon after.”

Murray was originally appointed to the Virginia Commission on Higher Education in 2001, when Kaine’s predecessor and now fellow Sen. Mark Warner was governor.

The RNC added that Kaine, 58, was “exploiting Virginia’s lax ethics laws,” and sarcastically said, “He need not worry. As the front-runner to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Kaine would join a battle-tested political team that’s spent literally decades pushing back on stories of corruption, blurred ethical lines and accusations of pay to play.”

Kaine’s successor in the statehouse, Gov. Bob McDonnell, was convicted of 11 felony counts in 2014 for failing to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts from a wealthy campaign donor. The conviction was unanimously vacated by the Supreme Court earlier this week.

Writing for the court, Chief Justice John Roberts called McDonnell’s actions “distasteful: it may be worse than that,” but that they did not fit the federal definition of corruption, in which someone in government performs an “official act” in exchange for gifts or services.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being vetted as a possible vice presidential pick for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, according to two ranking Republican officials.

Despite Christie going through the vetting process, the two ranking Republican officials told ABC News they doubt Christie would ultimately be Trump’s pick.

Christie endorsed Trump for president in February, just weeks after suspending his presidential campaign, and has been a surrogate for Trump on the campaign trail.

In addition to having been tapped to lead Trump’s potential transition in May, Christie has emerged as an influential voice on the Trump team.

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Allison Shelley/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former President Bill Clinton -- whose wife is currently in the crosshairs of the Justice Department over her use of a private email server -- met privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday.

The meeting was a chance encounter as the two crossed paths at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, according to Lynch.

“As I was landing he was headed out,” Lynch said at a press conference Wednesday. “He did come over and say hello and speak to my husband and myself.”

They talked about grandchildren, golf, travel, former Attorney General Janet Reno, the “Brexit” decision, “and things like that,” according to Lynch.

The chat lasted about 30 minutes, according to ABC News affiliate KNXV-TV in Phoenix, which first reported the meeting.

"There was no discussion on any matter pending before the department or any matter pending with any other body. There was no discussion of Benghazi, no discussion of State Department emails," Lynch said at another press conference Tuesday.

Asked Wednesday whether it was appropriate to meet with the former president while the Justice Department and FBI continue their investigation into Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, Lynch insisted the meeting would have no impact on the federal probe.

“It’s being handled by career investigators and career agents, who always follow facts and the law, and do the same thorough and independent examination in this matter that they’ve done in all,” she said Wednesday in Los Angeles. “So that’s how that’ll be handed.”

The FBI is in the final stages of its investigation into how Hillary Clinton and her aides handled classified information when Clinton was secretary of state. The investigation stems from Clinton's decision to use a private email server for official duties. The FBI will make a recommendation to the Justice Department over whether anyone should face charges, and then Lynch will have the final say.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is set to hit the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton in the swing state of North Carolina next week after sitting out the primary until the former secretary of state became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee earlier this month.

The president has described his mood as "fired up" about talking with voters, adding that he "cannot wait to get out there and campaign for Hillary."

Obama is expected to campaign quite a bit for Clinton, particularly in the fall, and brings a unique perspective, having competed against her in the 2008 primary before working closely with her as his secretary of state.

"The president has had to opportunity to watch Secretary Clinton perform up close and he’s seen her tenacity, her dedication, her commitment to a set of principles that they share. And that’s why the president is quite enthusiastic about her campaign," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said earlier this month after Obama's endorsement of Clinton.

But campaigning for Clinton is about much more than educating voters about the president’s admiration for the candidate, according to Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

It's also about protecting his own legacy.

"Trump is a repudiation of Obama, if elected, plain and simple," O'Hanlon said of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. "If Obama sees Hillary in danger of losing and feels he can do something about it, he will leave no stone unturned, partly for her, but much more so for his own legacy."

In order to make sure his successor builds on what he has achieved, the White House says, Obama will specifically reach out to Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters with whom he "has a lot of credibility" because he "fought very hard for many of the principles and priorities" Sanders talked about in his campaign.

Earnest has pointed out Wall Street reform as one area where the president and Sanders see eye-to-eye to "make sure that taxpayers are not on the hook for bailing out big banks that make risky bets."

O'Hanlon says Obama's popularity with "both halves," meaning Sanders supporters and the Democratic base, will serve as a big boost to Clinton's campaign in battleground states. The two were first scheduled to hit the campaign trail June 15 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but that event was postponed because of the Orlando, Florida shooting.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Tuesday, Clinton's campaign says, the two will "discuss the progress that's been made" and "their vision for an America that is stronger together."

It's safe to assume the president will also repeat how qualified he thinks Clinton is for the job, while hitting Trump as he already has over the course of the primary.

"I know Hillary will be so good at it,” Obama said in his endorsement video. “In fact, I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She's got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get the job done.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- ABC News is tracking all the developments in this year's "veepstakes" -- the selection of running mates by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The list below represents potential vice presidential picks for both candidates. It is not exhaustive, but instead, captures what we consider to be the "top tier" of possible choices based on ABC News’ reporting and analysis.

The ABC News Political Unit will update the list -- adding and subtracting names -- as reporting and news developments warrant.

Here's a look at ABC's 2016 veepstakes list:

Donald Trump's Potential Running Mates

CHRIS CHRISTIE

Current position: New Jersey governor

Veep cred: Christie has served as governor of New Jersey since 2010. Before that, he was appointed by former President George W. Bush as the U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey, where he served for six years.

Potential pitfall: According to a Quinnipiac University poll released in May, 72 percent of New Jersey voters oppose the idea of Christie as Trump’s running mate while 18 percent are in favor. In addition, the poll also delivered Christie his lowest-ever approval rating, with 64 percent of voters disapproving of the job he is doing as governor and 29 percent approving.

JONI ERNST

Current position: U.S. senator from Iowa

Veep cred: Ernst is a rising star in the GOP and a military veteran. Ernst delivered the Republican response to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address.

Potential pitfall: Ernst has been critical in the past of Trump’s comments on women. In an April interview with a local Iowa TV station, Ernst encouraged women to push back. “I would encourage women to stand up and say, ‘You know what, I’m not going to put up with his nonsense.'" But she also said it was possible for her and other women to agree with him on other aspects of policy.

MIKE PENCE

Current position:
Indiana governor

Veep cred: The Indiana native has served as governor since 2013. Before taking office, Pence represented Indiana’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2014. He also served as a chairman of the House Republican Conference and is a respected conservative voice.

Potential pitfall: Pence’s approval ratings have fallen in recent months -- a drop many linked to his passing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Critics argued the controversial bill would allow businesses to discriminate against those in the LGBT community. Pence later signed an updated version of the bill that banned businesses from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

JEFF SESSIONS

Current position:
U.S. senator from Alabama

Veep cred: Sessions was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and has since represented the state of Alabama. He was the first senator to endorse Trump and also serves as his adviser on immigration and foreign policy.

Potential pitfall: Though Sessions was ranked by the National Journal as one of the most conservative senators on Capitol Hill, he is also considered part of the Washington establishment that Trump often rails against.

JOHN THUNE

Current position: U.S. senator from South Dakota

Veep cred: Thune served six years in the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently serving his second term in the U.S. Senate. Thune is the chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

Potential pitfall: Thune voted in favor of the 2008 Wall Street bailout -- a position that Republicans usually attack Democrats for holding.

Hillary Clinton's Potential Running Mates

ELIZABETH WARREN

Current position: Senior senator from Massachusetts

Veep cred: An expert on bankruptcy regulation and a former professor at Harvard Law School, Warren has a popular following among anti-establishment circles in the Democratic Party and could unify voters on the left by getting former Sanders supporters on board with a Clinton presidency.

Potential pitfall: Warren’s hostility toward Wall Street reflects the sort of rhetoric that helped Sanders gain traction on the campaign trail, which could alienate major donors who want to remain supportive of the Democratic Party and Clinton’s campaign.

JULIAN CASTRO

Current position: 16th secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Veep cred: Castro is the former mayor of San Antonio and the first Latino to deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Castro, 41, appeals to young voters and Hispanic voters.

Potential pitfall: Because Castro is so young, rivals might try to peg him as inexperienced.

TIM KAINE

Current position:
U.S. senator from Virginia

Veep cred: He has a strong resume, having served as a mayor, governor and a U.S. senator. Kaine also serves on the Foreign Relations and the Armed Services committees and is fluent in Spanish.

Potential pitfall: Kaine was pressed to declare his position of LGBT rights for several years. In 2005, the Virginia senator argued no couples in Virginia “can adopt other than a married couple -- that’s the right policy. Gay individuals should be able to adopt.” In 2011, Kaine became more open to the idea of adoption on case-by-case basis, and a year later said “there should be a license that would entitle a committed couple to the same rights as a married couple.” Kaine’s position eventually evolved as he became the 50th senator to announced his support of same-sex marriage in 2013.

TOM PEREZ

Current position: U.S. secretary of Labor

Veep cred: Perez previously served as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice. Before that, he served as the secretary of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and as a member of the Montgomery County Council.

Potential pitfall: Perez has worked at the local, state and national level but some may say he lacks foreign policy chops. However, the biggest pitfall Perez may face is potential criticism over his role in the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the case Magner v. Gallagher -- an issue of contention in his 2013 confirmation hearing.

MARK WARNER

Current position: U.S. Senator from Virginia

Veep cred: He is serving his second term in the Senate and before that, he served as the governor of Virginia.

Potential pitfall: In 2014, Warner was involved in a federal investigation following the resignation of Virginia State Sen. Phillip Puckett. Joseph Puckett, son of Sen. Puckett, claimed Warner discussed job opportunities for the senator’s daughter in an effort to dissuade him from quitting the evenly divided senate.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- Max Stier won’t say whom he’s voting for, but his job is all about putting the next president in the White House.

Stier, along with his colleague David Eagles, head up the Center for Presidential Transition, and have been working closely with the White House and both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns to ensure the candidates and the outgoing president successfully manage the critical transition of power. The group was launched by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service in January of this year to act as a mediator and helping hand during the transition.

Complete with a floor plan of the mock Mitt Romney White House, once fully staffed in preparation for his team's anticipated victory back in 2012, Stier walked ABC News through the importance of the transition process. He also offered some insight as to where both campaigns stand in the process before it goes into full swing following the July conventions.

“The challenge in the past has been slow to do this type of preparation as important as it is because they didn’t want to be accused of measuring the drapes or being presumptuous, they saw that as a political vulnerability,” Stier said. “Job number one is to win. But the truth is winning and not being ready to govern is a big problem.”

While Trump announced Chris Christie as his transition chairman in early May, Hillary Clinton still has yet to announce hers, nor has her campaign staff offered any insight on their process.

But Stier insists the Clinton campaign is on the right path, telling us that her team is very similar to Trump’s.

“Her campaign is actively preparing, again as they ought to be,” Stier said. “And that’s a new phenomenon. We have not see this level of activity ever before from both sides early in the game.”

He insists preparation is not just essential for the candidates to fulfill campaign promises, but says it’s crucial in the modern era for America’s national security.

“In a post-9/11 world the risk associated with not having the new president ready at the very beginning is severe,” Stier said. “We want to make sure as Americans, whoever is elected, that they are keeping our country safe and to do that they have to do this type of preparation work that’s essential.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's senior advisor as Secretary of State and current campaign vice-chairman, said in a deposition this week that she "always tried to do the right thing" in terms of using email while working with Clinton at the State Department.

The transcript of the deposition was released today by the conservative-action group Judicial Watch, which is suing the State Department for records related to Abedin's employment status while she worked for both Clinton at the State Department and an outside group.

A judge in the case has ruled basic discovery should include an understanding of how Clinton used her email, and this allowed many of Clinton's former staffers to be deposed.

The scope of inquiry covers Abedin and Clinton's use of a controversial private email server. Unlike Clinton, Abedin also had an email address provided by the State Department and she told lawyers did the "vast majority" of her work on that government account, according to the deposition transcript. In that same interview Abedin said she used the private email address "for the Clinton family matters" and for her own personal email.

Abedin said she didn't remember being told not to use private email for work-related purposes, suggesting she knew that practice would have been wrong.

"I always tried to do the right thing and tried to be on my State.gov BlackBerry," Abedin said in the deposition. Moments later she clarified slightly, saying she believed the use of a private email was allowed. "Did I think I wasn't allowed to use Clinton e-mail? No. I thought I -- I thought that was permitted. But my -- my practice was to use State.gov," Abedin said, referencing the State Department's email domain.

Abedin also said that in one instance both she and Clinton grew frustrated with the fact that Clinton's email message sent from her private account were going into the State Department's spam folder, according to the transcript. At one point she said it cause a communication failure that resulted in Clinton missing a call with a foreign dignitary. "So she wasn't able to do her job, do what she needed to do," Abedin said of the incident in her deposition.

Abedin also said she and Clinton were the only ones at the State Department using Clinton's private email server, which at the time was located at the Clinton's family home in Chappaqua, NY.

Clinton has apologized for her use of a private email -- first doing so in an interview with ABC News -- but she has always maintained that she did nothing illegal, particularly as it concerned her handling of sensitive information. The FBI is still investigating the use of the private server, and officials familiar with the probe do not believe the bureau will find any criminal wrongdoing.

Last month the State Department's inspector general found that she would not have been approved to use a private email had she asked in the first place. The Clinton campaign and Abedin have yet to respond to a request for comment.

The State Department said it would not comment on Abedin's statements as it is a matter of ongoing litigation.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund is behind a new anti-Hillary Clinton ad released Wednesday that appears to have been filmed in a U.S. national cemetery, which would be a violation of government policy.

The "Stop Clinton, Vote Trump" advertisement, which the NRA says was filmed outside an unidentified national cemetery, criticizes Clinton for the fatal Benghazi, Libya, attacks and urges voters to support Donald Trump in the general election.

It features Mark "Oz" Geist, one of six former elite military operatives who fought back in the 2012 Libya terror attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Portions of the ad appear to show Geist overlooking the cemetery while others show him walking the grounds.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has seen the advertisement, issuing a statement to ABC News that reflects the agency’s strict prohibition of filming campaign ads on national cemetery property that contains the graves of military personnel, veterans and their spouses.

"To date, the National Cemetery Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs has not received or approved any filming requests of this nature," VA spokesman James Hutton told ABC News. “NCA did not receive a request from the NRA to film the subject advertisement. If we had received such a request, we would have denied it based on the partisan content.

"As always, our veterans, their families and survivors are our top priority. To maintain the sanctity and decorum of VA National Cemeteries as national shrines, our filming policy states that filming may not be used for the expression of partisan or political viewpoints, or for uses that are (or may be interpreted as) an endorsement of a commercial entity," Hutton said.

In the ad, Geist says, "Hillary as president - no thanks. I served in Benghazi. My friends didn't make it. They did their part. Do yours."

 Despite the ad’s showing Geist walking among tombstones on the cemetery grounds, the NRA told ABC News it was filmed outside of a national cemetery. The NRA would not say which national cemetery it used to produce the ad, but denied it was Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

The restrictions apply to all the 134 national cemeteries maintained by the V.A. in 40 states and Puerto Rico.

The NRA endorsed Trump in May. The ad is one of the few coming from a third-party group that backs Trump. The NRA spent $2 million on this ad and plans to air it in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The Clinton camp slammed the ad.

"It's outrageous that the gun lobby is standing in the way of keeping dangerous assault weapons out of the hands of terrorists while also politicizing a terrorist attack in an effort to hurt Hillary Clinton and aid Donald Trump," Clinton campaign spokesman Glen Caplin today said in a statement provided to ABC News. "The country would be a better and safer place if the gun lobby invested their resources in common sense measures to save lives instead of trying to save Donald Trump's candidacy."

The ad comes on the heels of an 800-page report published by House Republicans on the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack that is strongly critical of the Obama administration and Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Donald Trump’s supporters appeared to further his feud with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, showing their ire by breaking into a stereotypical Native American war cry when her name was mentioned at Trump’s Maine rally today -- a jab over Warren's claims about her heritage.

Conservative radio host Howie Carr brought up the liberal Massachusetts senator prior to Trump coming onto the stage at a Bangor, Maine rally.

"I heard Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren campaigning. You know Elizabeth Warren right?” Carr told the crowd.

Carr was referring to the first joint campaign appearance of Clinton and Warren earlier this week in Ohio. Warren has served as a surrogate for Clinton and has been praised by Clinton’s campaign for her ability to take on Trump.

The mention of Warren by Carr led Trump supporters to chant, “Pocahontas.” When Carr put his hand to his mouth and began making a whooping noise to mimic a stereotypical Native American war cry, Trump supporters began to do so too.

WATCH: Howie Carr imitates "war whoop" to mock Elizabeth Warren at @realDonaldTrump event. https://t.co/CJDaHk8E5K

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 29, 2016

"Elizabeth Warren said, or maybe it was Hillary, she said the only people for Donald Trump are rich guys. Are any of you guys out there rich guys? I don’t see too many rich guys out here today,” Carr said.

Trump later took the stage but did not mention Warren. However, in the past, he has repeatedly mocked Warren, calling her “goofy” and “Pocahontas” on Twitter. Warren has said that she has Native American heritage, but Trump claims that she has made fraudulent claims about her background to advance her career. Warren has denied those claims.

After Warren’s appearance with Clinton earlier this week, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown said that Warren should take a DNA test to prove she has Native American heritage.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- On a self-described "rant" about populism, but without mentioning Donald Trump by name, President Obama Wednesday submitted that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s rhetoric is not populism, but actually "nativism or xenophobia."

“They don’t suddenly become a populist because they say something controversial in order to win votes," the president said, taking a moment of liberty at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa, Canada, after several questions at a news conference explored Trump’s campaign rhetoric.

"That’s not the measure of populism. That’s nativism. Or xenophobia or worse. Or it’s just cynicism."

"I would just advise everybody to be careful about suddenly attributing to whoever pops up at a time of economic anxiety the label that they’re populist,” the president implored at the National Gallery of Canada. “Where have they been? Have they been on the front lines working on behalf of working people?”

Obama said people like Sen. Bernie Sanders, who have campaigned for social opportunity, “deserve the title,” while someone who has never shown the same regard for workers, social issues and making sure poor kids have a shot at life does not meet the standard.

"Let’s just be clear that somebody who labels ‘us versus them’ or engages in rhetoric about how we're going to look after ourselves and take it to the other guy; that's not the definition of populism. Sorry,” Obama deadpanned.

The president then jokingly apologized for his "rant."

"This is one of the prerogatives of when you're at the end of your term,” he said. “You go on these occasional rants."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Two women named Misty won primary races Tuesday night but the similarities between them don't stop there.

Both Misty Snow, who won the Democratic Senate primary in Utah, and Misty Plowright, who won a Democratic congressional primary in Colorado, are transgender.

"It's kind of baffling when I found out," Plowright said of Snow's campaign.

"We even used some of the same language to describe some of the same things," she said.

They were inspired to launch their inaugural political campaigns in part by Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential run.

Misty Snow, 30, who beat her Democratic competitor by nearly 19 percent in the primary, said she believes her working class background is striking a chord with voters.

She did not attend college and has been working as a cashier at Harmons grocery store for more than 13 years.

"A lot of people in Congress have never been poor. They have no concept of what it's like to be scraping by paycheck to paycheck," Snow said.

For her part, 33-year-old Plowright also "encountered financial barriers and was unable to attend college" and enlisted in the Army. She told ABC that she was a self-described "computer geek" during her time in the military and currently works as an IT consultant. She was a longtime independent but became a registered Democrat because of Sanders' campaign, she said. She launched her campaign in late March.

Plowright is married to a woman and they have a "loving, long-term, committed relationship with their mutual partner, Sebastian," according to her campaign bio page.

She has been open about her polyamorous love life since the beginning of the campaign, and said that it has not been a major factor with voters.

"There hasn't been much interest in it any time that it comes up, I simply explain it to people," she told ABC News.

Plowright said that she didn't "want to run away" from her her trans identity but sees her candidacy as a way to help raise awareness.

"One of the really big things that really helped create the sea of change for gay rights was people getting to know gay people ... and you realize that gay people are amazingly enough -- people," she said. "The same thing is true with people who are trans and the more that we are out there and the more people get to know us ... things will really start to get a lot better and the same sea of change will happen."

As the first transgender person from a major political party to run for Senate, she said "a lot of people have told me that I've made a difference by running and that they appreciate it."

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(OTTAWA, Canada) -- President Obama indirectly blamed ISIS for Tuesday's terrorist attack in Istanbul, calling the carnage "an indication of how little these vicious organizations have to offer" to society.

“We stand with the people of Turkey and we intend to do what's necessary to make sure that these kinds of terrible events are not happening," Obama told reporters following a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in Ottawa, Canada.

Obama also extended his “deepest condolences” to the people of Turkey for what he called a “terrible attack” in Istanbul. The president said he was in touch with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“I had a chance to speak to President Erdogan earlier today to discuss with him not only how heartbroken we have been by the images of the injured and those killed but also to reaffirm our strong commitment to partner with Turkey, with NATO, with the broad-based alliance that we've structured around the world to fight ISIL,” Obama said.

Although ISIS has not claimed responsibility, U.S. lawmakers have indicated the attack mirrors tactics previously executed by the terror group.

“While it is too early to determine who is ultimately responsible, this attack does fit the model previously employed by ISIL,” Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated. “These attacks are tragic reminders that ISIL is not contained and that America and our allies need a comprehensive and decisive strategy to defeat this extremist group.”

The terrorist attack at Ataturk International Airport left 41 people dead and 239 others injured, according to Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- Voting for Donald Trump? That doesn’t mean you’re completely on board, according to a new analysis of data from this week’s ABC News/Washington Post poll.

With presumptive nominees Trump and Hillary Clinton garnering the lowest favorability ratings of major candidates in recent times, some voters say they are choosing to hold their noses and pull the lever in the ballot boxes.

“Unfortunately, all that’s left is really Trump or Clinton, so I gotta say Trump,” Heath Sandbulte, a 33-year-old veteran of the Iraq war from Pella, Iowa, who participated in the poll, told ABC News. “I don’t like either one of them.”

Indeed, less than half of people who support Trump or Clinton say they are “very comfortable” with the idea of their candidate as president. But the poll shows that a significant block of Trump supporters harbor a unique reluctance and hesitancy, despite their plans to back him.

The poll shows 18 percent of people who say they will vote for Trump say that the real estate mogul is not qualified to be president. One in six Trump supporters (16 percent) admit that Clinton has a better temperament to be president.

When asked specifically about the recent shooting in Orlando, Florida that killed dozens at a gay nightclub, two in 10 Trump backers (19 percent) said Clinton showed better temperament, with another 17 percent unwilling to pick a side.

“If there’s a situation that requires a little more tact, I don’t know that Trump will have it,” Sandbulte said. Clinton’s defections are in the low single digits on these questions.

A sweeping two in three Trump supporters (67 percent) say the GOP presumptive nominee’s comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s heritage was inappropriate, and almost half of those (30 percent) went so far as to say his comment was racist.

Only a quarter of people who say they will vote for Trump (26 percent) defended the remark as appropriate. Plus, three in 10 supporters of Trump say they disapprove of the way he’s handling questions about Trump University, while less than half -- only 44 percent -- say they approve of his responses.

Clinton backers aren’t afraid to voice qualms with their own candidate either. One in three of them say they disapprove of the way she’s handling questions about her personal e-mail use at the State Department.

Two in 10 people who say they will vote for Clinton (19 percent) say they are “anxious” about the idea of her as president -- but still far fewer than the 35 percent of Trump supporters who say they are “anxious” about Trump as president.

Trump’s comments on the campaign trail have drawn some criticism from leaders on his own side of the aisle, prompting some Republicans to withhold endorsements or avoid attending the GOP convention next month.

But a majority of Trump supporters don’t object to GOP efforts to keep Trump in line. Fifty-five percent say that other Republicans should speak out when they disagree with his views -- not avoid criticizing him.

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