The Republican presidential frontrunner said he will commit to supporting the eventual Republican nominee on Thursday, ruling out a third-party bid for the Oval Office that would likely draw general election voters away from the Republican nominee.
“The best way forward for the Republicans to win is if I win the nomination and go against whoever [the Democrats] happen to put up. And for that reason I have signed the pledge,” he said to a crowd. “So I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party.”
The real estate mogul announced his plans at the Trump Tower in New York after a meeting with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. The RNC has asked all Republican candidates to sign a pledge to commit to supporting the eventual nominee and not launching a third-party bid.
Trump had previously threatened to leave the door open to an independent run if he thought Republican party leaders were treating him unfairly. He raised his hand in the opening minutes of the first GOP debate to signal that he was leaving the option on the table.
As Trump held the pledge up for the crowd, reporters pointed out that he had listed "August 3" as the date instead of "September 3." "We'll change it," Trump said.
Over the last several days, Trump has been part of an escalating feud with fellow Republican Jeb Bush. Trump most recently drew criticism for saying that the former Florida governor should “set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”
Still, a new national Monmouth University poll out Thursday shows Trump garnering 30 percent of Republican voters, his highest support in a national poll yet this cycle. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson had 18 percent support, while Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tied with 8 percent.
ABC News has confirmed that roughly half the Republican field has already signed or plans to sign the RNC’s pledge.
Scott Olson/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on the possibility of a 2016 presidential run Thursday night, telling an audience in Atlanta that he is unsure about pursuing the nation's highest office.
"The honest to God answer is I just don’t know,” Biden said when asked about 2016 during the Eizenstat lecture at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta.
The VP said he is still weighing whether he and his family have the “emotional energy” for another campaign -- especially after Biden's son Beau passed away.
It’s the first time the vice president has publicly discussed a 2016 bid since speculation about his presidential ambitions grew over the past month.
The vice president has spent the past several weeks huddling with advisers and family to discuss a potential third run for the White House.
Biden noted that others have raised questions about whether he can raise enough money or construct an organization to execute a successful campaign. But he wondered if he could get through a presidential campaign and if he and his family could make the "arduous commitment."
Sources close to Biden have said he would likely make a decision by the end of the month. Tonight, the vice president said, "there's no way to put a timetable on this."
"If I can reach that conclusion that we can do it in a fashion that would still make it viable, I will not hesitate to do it," he said. "I have to be honest with you...I can't look you straight in the eye and say now I know I can do it."
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In a major policy shift, the Justice Department announced Thursday that the FBI, DEA and U.S. Marshals Service will now have to obtain a warrant before using a cellphone scanning device to track down wanted criminals. Before the announcement, those law enforcement agencies have been able to use those devices -- commonly known as Stingrays -- virtually at will.
DOJ officials confirmed Thursday that Stingrays are widely used by federal, state and local law enforcement in criminal investigations: the U.S. Marshals Service has a fleet of planes stationed at airports around the country equipped with Stingrays to hunt for federal fugitives. The FBI says it has used the technology in high-profile kidnapping cases, and the DEA often employs it to run down drug dealers. Baltimore police have acknowledged using Stingray technology on more than 4,000 cases since 2007.
The Stingray technology can locate a specific suspect by scanning thousands of phones to pinpoint the suspect’s phone signal. But the cellphones and locations of thousands of innocent people can be ‘pinged’ by a Stingray while it is searching for a suspect’s phone in the sea of digital signals. Some privacy advocates have raised concerns, and charge that the technology violates the rights of cellphone users whose location is swept up in the search for a criminal.
Federal and local law enforcement officials traditionally have been reluctant to talk about how the technology works, and when and how they employ it. Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said Thursday law enforcement officials have not wanted to disclose much about Stingrays, because they didn’t want to “give the bad guys a road map on how to defeat it.”
In announcing the policy change, Yates said the Stingray technology has been “instrumental in aiding law enforcement in a broad array of investigations, including kidnapping, fugitive investigations and complicated narcotics cases.” But she conceded that there were no consistent guidelines in federal law enforcement for the use of Stingrays. She could not even say how many times federal agents have used Stingrays in the recent past.
“The cell simulators do not collect any content,” Yates pointed out, but “this new policy ensures our protocols for this technology are consistent, well-managed and respectful of individuals’ privacy and civil liberties.”
In addition to the requirement to obtain a search warrant, the new policy:
Bans using the technology to collect the content of any communication in the course of criminal investigations. E-mails, texts, contact lists and images held on the phone itself are out-of-bounds.
Requires that when the technology is use to located a known cellphone, all other unrelated data collected must be deleted as soon as the targeted device is located.
Establishes new management controls that will track and report the number of times the technology is employed.
Provides limited, emergency exceptions to the requirement of obtaining a warrant, such as in the case of a child kidnapping.
Yates said that the FBI and other federal law enforcement will now have to revise agreements with state and local police on the use of Stingrays, and how and when information gathered by the technology can be shared.
Thursday's policy change does not apply to state and local police, or Department of Homeland Security agencies like the Secret Service, but Yates conceded that the new DOJ rules would probably have a “trickle-down effect” and eventually impact law enforcement’s use of Stingray’s nationwide.
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A safety review has been ordered for the Defense Department’s nine labs and facilities involved in the production, shipment and handling of live and inactivated agents and toxins after anthrax was discovered outside the primary containment area at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, military officials said on Thursday.
The contamination was found on Aug. 20 in a secure area of the facility, and according to a Pentagon statement there is no evidence that lab employees were exposed to anthrax or that there was any threat to the general public. The area was later decontaminated and no anthrax was found in later testing, officials said.
Army Secretary John McHugh ordered the ten-day safety review for the nine Defense Department labs since the Army is responsible for the program.
"The safety review ensures labs will follow appropriate protocols for handling materials, including proper training, record-keeping, and standard operating procedures. Each lab will report back on its findings within ten days," McHugh said in a statement.
“The Secretary of the Army is the Executive Agent for DoD Biological Select Agent and Toxin Biosafety program and acted out of an abundance of caution," he added.
The contamination was discovered as part of the ongoing investigation at Dugway into the mistaken shipment of live anthrax to lab facilities to all 50 states and nine countries.
The Army has also expanded the existing suspension of production, handling, testing and shipment of anthrax to also include Critical Reagents Program (CRP) and other agents and toxins, officials said.
Maryland Department of General Services(WASHINGTON) -- Documents obtained by ABC News reveal some of the stately furniture used by 2016 Democratic hopeful Martin O’Malley when he lived in Maryland’s governor’s mansion were later purchased by his family at steeply discounted rates when they moved out of the residence earlier this year.
There is a photograph of a brown rustic Maitland Smith armoire originally purchased for $3,695 by the state and used in the lower family room of the residence in Annapolis, Maryland, where O’Malley served as governor from 2007 to 2015.
Another inventory document shows a dark-brown leather sofa, purchased just days before then governor-elect O’Malley’s first inauguration in 2007 for $2,247. It was used in the Government House’s sitting room, before O’Malley’s wife, Catherine O’Malley, bought it almost exactly eight years later for $449.40. The Maitland Smith armoire, she scored for $739.
As first reported by the Baltimore Sun, the O’Malley family bought 54 items in total from the state upon their departure from the Government House after the furniture was deemed “unserviceable” by the Maryland Department of General Services, marked for disposal and offered to the family for about $9,600 after taxpayers had reportedly paid $62,000 for the furniture.
The office of O’Malley’s successor, Gov. Larry Hogan, took to Facebook after the Sun’s story was published writing that “the private quarters of the mansion looked like Cindy Lou Who's house after the Grinch swept through.”
“If they call that expensive, beautiful, barely used furniture 'junk,' I'd hate to hear what they call the 20 year old stuff I brought with me from my house to replace it all,” Hogan added.
The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS), which outfits government property and sold the O’Malleys the furniture, has a rule in its own inventory control manual prohibiting “the preferential sale or gratuitous disposition of property to a State official or employee."
Last week, after receiving the Baltimore Sun’s inquiries, an attorney for DGS wrote to the Maryland State Ethics Commission seeking a determination as to whether items should first be put up for competitive bids or auction before being sold to an outgoing public elected official like O’Malley and his predecessor, former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich. DGS confirmed to ABC News that in O’Malley’s case, that did not happen.
“The letter sent Friday shows clearly that this is an intergovernmental procedural policy issue,” O’Malley’s former chief of staff, John Griffin, wrote in a statement provided by the presidential campaign.
“DGS always manages gubernatorial transition in and out of the residence including determining that non-historic residential property could be purchased and determining the purchase price. The O’Malleys deferred to DGS authority and followed their protocol and standard operating procedure that was consistent with at least one prior administration.”
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Presidential candidate Rand Paul unveiled a new smartphone app this week while rival John Kasich popped up on Snapchat in New Hampshire.
Both examples highlight how 2016 presidential candidates are using social media and relatively new platforms to reach young, digitally savvy voters, drawing donations and interest to their campaigns.
The Rand Paul 2016 app was developed by the Kentucky senator’s campaign and is one of several steps Paul has taken to reach social media users.
“We go where the people are. He’s on Snapchat, Periscope, Instagram, we have our own app. We like to engage on every platform,” said Sergio Gor, spokesman for the Rand Paul campaign. “It’s not just TV.”
Paul is one of few presidential candidates with a smartphone app. He joins Sen. Ted Cruz who released an app last month. Paul’s app will be utilized on campaign stops and rallies as well as online by the campaign.
The app, available for both iPhone and Android users, provides news about Sen. Paul, featured videos, his stances on different issues and makes it easy to click to donate to the campaign or endorse Paul. It will also send push notifications based on app users’ locations. There’s also a tab called “Fun Stuff” that has a “Meme-Erator” and a Photo Booth that lets you take a virtual selfie with Sen. Paul. Already, the virtual selfies have popped up on Twitter.
Sara Sturdivant, an undecided voter in Massachusetts, tweeted her own virtual selfie with Paul this week.
“Social media is going to be front and center this presidential race,” Sturdivant said.
Sturdivant discovered the Rand Paul app through Twitter and she keeps up with several campaigns using the social media site. While she doesn’t agree with all of Paul’s stances, she finds him “refreshingly honest” and thinks the app shows Paul’s sense of humor.
“I think it shows a forward thinking aspect to Rand Paul, but I think it also shows some humor that he doesn’t take himself so seriously,” Sturdivant said. “There’s a lot of humor in politics.”
Some Paul app users have used virtual selfie booth to poke fun at the candidate rather than support him. Shortly after the app’s release, photos popped up on twitter of Paul with Nicki Minaj, a toilet seat, Legos and women kissing Paul on the cheek. It’s also been used to show Paul with images of Hitler and Timothy McVeigh. Some have tweeted anticipating that the “Meme-Erator” and virtual selfie could backfire for the campaign. That’s not something Paul spokesman Gor is worried about.
“People can take anything out of context. It’s meant as a tool for people who support the Senator, want to learn about the Senator, want to get engaged and want to get involved,” Gor said.
In addition to a selfie and memes, the app also appeals to the gamer. Users can unlock a space shooting game that allows a user to shoot at logos of the campaigns of Paul’s rivals including Jeb Bush, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
While Paul’s smartphone app is available to voters nationwide, Ohio Governor John Kasich used Snapchat to zoom in on the Granite State.
In a first-of-its kind advertising scheme, New Hampshirites woke up on Wednesday morning to a brand new filter on SnapChat – with a message from Ohio Governor John Kasich.
It was paid for by Kasich for America, marking the first time a Presidential campaign has paid for a custom filter on the app.
The morning message featured the Kasich logo, rendered in bacon, because hey – what voter doesn’t like bacon?
“Someone teased us that our ‘K flag’ logo looked like strips of bacon,” Kasich spokesperson Scott Milburn told ABC News. “So when the Snapchat idea surfaced as something to test drive, we thought a bacon-themed filter for the morning would be funny.”
Filters can be added to any photo by swiping. While some turn pictures sepia, or black and white, others add graphics and messages – sometimes limited to a geographical region. This “geofilter” was only available to users in New Hampshire.
In what Snapchat confirmed was a first for its app, the filter was only accessible during morning hours, creating an ultra-targeted advertising opportunity for the Kasich campaign.
The app is seen as a link to young voters like Jenna Guilmain, a college student who discovered the filter Wednesday morning at her home in North Havervill, N.H.
“I think it was a smart move,” the 19 year-old said, noting that Kasich has not received as much attention from her peer group as Jeb Bush or Donald Trump. “The thought process is ‘what is this filter, who is this, let me look them up.”
The Kasich camp declined to say how much the ad cost, but Milburn said he was open to more collaborations with Snapchat.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is threatening legal action over Internet ads that feature her image to promote anti-aging products.
In Brewer’s case, the ads make false claims about her romantic life, stating, “divorced for being too old, see her revenge makeover.” Brewer and husband John have been married for decades, she said.
“We’ve been married over 50 years,” Brewer said. “The image there was me, and it was ugly and very inappropriate.”
The Arizona Republic first reported about the advertisements featuring images of Brewer.
Native advertisements such as the ones featuring Brewer, a Repubican, are frequently found along the edges of websites, labeled as “sponsored content” or “popular stories.” They’re actually paid advertisements meant to entice readers into clicking on plugs for everything from wrinkle creams to plastic surgery.
“What it is, is a very nasty, mean, lying advertisement put out there by somebody without my permission, and I’m highly offended,” Brewer, 70, said.
Other celebrities have dealt with similar matters, including Ellen DeGeneres, who on her talk show blasted advertisers for using her image in a skincare ad without permission. Now Brewer is fighting back, considering her legal options.
The companies that distributed the ads online — Revcontent and Content.ad — said they don’t create the material; they simply post it. But they said they are responding to Brewer’s request and taking steps to remove the images.
Brewer, who served as Arizona’s governor from 2009 until January, says the situation has been humiliating for her.
“The damage is done,” Brewer said. “They got what they wanted out of it.”
ABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s a busy day on the campaign trail Thursday.
After his exclusive interview on ABC’s Good Morning America from Manchester, New Hampshire Thursday, Jeb Bush is holding two town halls in the first primary state. Chris Christie and Lindsey Graham are also in the Granite State.
As for Iowa, Bernie Sanders has three events in the state, and Bobby Jindal will be in Dubuque, Iowa Thursday evening.
Donald Trump is in New York City where he is holding an afternoon news conference with RNC chairman Reince Priebus outside of Trump Tower. It will follow a private meeting the two are having where they are expected to discuss the RNC’s loyalty pledge. ABC’s Jonathan Karl reported Thursday morning Trump is expected to sign that pledge.
Hillary Clinton is still on vacation in the Hamptons and off the trail.
Mike Huckabee is making three stops in South Carolina while Ted Cruz is on home turf in Texas holding three rallies.
Marco Rubio is in Tennessee — an SEC primary state — holding an afternoon rally in Chattanooga.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Facing a congressional subpoena, a former State Department staffer connected to Hillary Clinton's private email server will invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions from several congressional committees.
Attorneys for Bryan Pagliano, a former State Department staffer who received a subpoena to testify before and provide documents to the House Select Committee, wrote the committee Sunday notifying Benghazi Chairman. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, that Pagliano would plead the fifth in light of the FBI investigation into the security of Clinton's email server.
Gowdy wants Pagliano to appear before the Benghazi Committee for a closed interview next Thursday, and to provide documents “related to the servers or systems” operated and owned by Clinton, according to the letter from Pagliano’s attorneys to Gowdy.
“While we understand that Mr. Pagliano’s response to this subpoena may be controversial in the current political environment, we hope that members of the Select Committee will respect our client’s right to invoke the protections of the Constitution,” wrote Pagliano’s attorneys. “For these reasons, we respectfully request that the Select Committee excuse Mr. Pagliano from personally appearing on Sept. 10, 2015.”
According to the letter, Pagliano has also received interview requests from the Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees, which have begun their own spin-off investigations into Clinton’s use of private email.
“Mr. Pagliano’s legal counsel told the committee on Tuesday that he would plead the 5th to any and all questions if he were compelled to testify,” a Senate Judiciary Committee spokesperson wrote in a statement.
The news of the subpoena and Pagliano's response, first reported by the Washington Post, came ahead of the Benghazi Committee's closed-door interview of Cheryl Mills, a Clinton aide who served as chief-of-staff at the State Department.
Heading into the closed hearing Thursday morning, Gowdy said he had no response the letter, and did not say whether he would excuse Pagliano from testifying.
“I don't [have any reaction]. You'll have to ask his attorney that question,” he said. “I know that in the past why people have invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege, but you'll have to ask him what he did. And you're free to glean whatever inference you want from the fact that he did.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the committee, defended Pagliano's legal decision in a statement Wednesday night.
"Although multiple legal experts agree there is no evidence of criminal activity, it is certainly understandable that this witness' attorneys advised him to assert his Fifth Amendment rights, especially given the onslaught of wild and unsubstantiated accusations by Republican presidential candidates, members of Congress, and others based on false leaks about the investigation," he said. "Their insatiable desire to derail Secretary Clinton's presidential campaign at all costs has real consequences for any serious congressional effort."
Pagliano's decision was disappointing to the Clinton campaign, which had hoped he would testify about his IT work for the former secretary of state,
Clinton "has made every effort to answer questions and be as helpful as possible, and has encouraged her aides, current and former, to do the same, including Bryan Pagliano," a campaign aide wrote in an email.
According to a LinkedIn profile, Pagliano worked as an IT director for Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, and served as a special advisor to the State Department's chief technology officer between 2009 and 2013. He now works for Gartner, an IT consulting firm.
His attorney, Mark MacDougall, did not return a request for comment.
Clinton will testify publicly before the Benghazi Committee on Oct. 22.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump is expected to sign the GOP loyalty pledge Thursday, according to a source familiar with the conservations between Trump and the Republican National Committee.
Trump has not yet directly told GOP leaders what he will do.
“Mr. Trump will make a decision today,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told ABC News Thursday morning. “No word on what that will be as of yet.”
Trump’s scheduled 2 p.m. news conference will come after he meets with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus at Trump Tower. Priebus, however, does not plan to appear at the press conference. Priebus has been in talks with Trump about the pledge for several weeks.
The RNC is now asking presidential candidates to sign a loyalty pledge, which, according to GOP sources, reads, “I affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is. I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”
The pledge is designed to force Trump to rule out a third-party run and support the Republican nominee.
Assuming Trump signs, the next question would be whether all 16 other GOP candidates will sign a document that commits them to supporting Trump if he wins the GOP nomination.
Jeb Bush would support Trump, the former Florida governor said on Good Morning America Thursday.
But Rick Perry, for example, has called Trump a cancer on the conservative movement. So it remains to be seen whether he -- and the others -- will commit to supporting Trump.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush hit fellow Republican Donald Trump Thursday, saying on Good Morning America that he thinks “Trump is trying to insult his way into the presidency.”
“It’s not going to work, people want an uplifting hopeful message, people come to this country to pursue their dreams, sometimes they start without speaking English, but they learn English and they add vitality to our country," Bush told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview.
Those comments were in response to a remark Trump made Wednesday in an interview with Breitbart News, saying “I like Jeb; he’s a nice man,” adding, “But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”
Trump’s words resulted in an avalanche of criticism from both Hispanic groups and other Republicans who accused him of trying to kill the party. Bush called the United States a “diverse country” adding that “we should celebrate that diversity and embrace a set of shared values and Mr. Trump doesn’t believe in those shared values. He wants to tear us apart, he doesn’t believe in tolerance, he doesn’t believe in the things that have created the greatness of this country.”
Trump’s comments are just the latest in a string of controversial language Trump has used about immigrants since he launched his campaign. Trump’s attack was prompted by Bush answering questions Wednesday in both English and Spanish, something the fluent speaker often does.
Bush said when he first heard Trump’s comments he “laughed.”
"I mean this is a joke,” Bush said, adding answering questions in both English and Spanish is the “reality of America.”
“That’s the goodness of America, that is the kind of America we want,” he added. “So part of it is you laugh because it’s so bizarre, but it is hurtful for a lot of people and Mr. Trump knows this, he’s appealing to people’s angst and their fears rather than their higher hopes.”
Stephanopoulos asked Bush if Trump was out to “get him,” and he answered that he believes the real estate mogul is “out to get everybody.”
“He doesn’t have a set of plans,” the former Florida governor said, calling Trump’s immigration plan to build a wall on the United States-Mexico border “not serious,” as well as “unconstitutional,” adding it “violates civil liberties."
Bush said Trump’s views on “taxes” and “health care” are “those that are more closely similar to those of Hillary Clinton.”
The Republican National Committee is now asking presidential candidates to sign a loyalty pledge, promising all candidates to support whoever wins the nomination. This would rule out a third party bid by Trump -- something he has not done so far -- but, it would also mean all 16 other Republicans running for the White House would have to pledge their support to the tycoon if he wins the nomination.
This morning, Bush said “of course” he would support Trump if he was the nominee.
“We need to be unified, we need to win and I think Mr. Trump ought to figure out a way maybe to lessen the divisive language, the hurtful language and talk about the aspirations of the American people rather than trying to prey on their fears,” he said.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, one in five U.S. residents or more than 61.8 million people speak a foreign language at home. An ABC News-Washington Post poll released Wednesday shows that 82 percent of Hispanics have an unfavorable view of Trump.
Bush is lagging in polls both nationally and in the early voting states. Thursday he said he will turn it around by “recognizing it’s a long road,” adding he has a “well-funded campaign.”
Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call(BOSTON) -- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren discussed a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden at a Wednesday night "Political Happy Hour" event hosted by TheBoston Globe.
"He called me twice," Warren explained, "and invited me down. We had lunch and we talked about policy." Among the topics Warren mentioned were the middle class, the direction of the country as a whole, and "the capture of this country by those who've got money and power."
The Democratic favorite called the lunch "a good, long, rambly policy conversation."
Biden has been considering a possible campaign for president in 2016, but has not yet announced his intentions.
Asked if she would endorse a Democratic primary candidate, Warren said that she expected to, but that "right now, that's not where we are."
Cultura RM/Angela Cappetta/Getty Images(ROWAN COUNTY, Ky.) -- Another same-sex couple was refused a marriage license Wednesday by the Kentucky county clerk who has come under fire for refusing to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage.
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis defended her decision Wednesday when Robbie Blankenship and Jesse Cruz tried to get a marriage license.
She said she was "not discriminating because I'm not issuing marriage licenses to anybody."
But U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey issued a statement Wednesday, saying, "We have grave concerns about the reported failure to comply with the court's order. Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not disobey it. The County Clerk has presented her position through the federal court system, all of the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is time for the Clerk and the County to follow the law."
Earlier at the clerk's office, protesters on both sides of the issue flooded in behind Blankenship and Cruz and began chanting loudly during the exchange.
Blankenship is seen turning toward the news cameras at one point, saying of Davis, "She's been married four times, three divorces. We've been together 20 years."
There are reports that Davis has been married four times -- twice to the same man -- and divorced three times.
Though Wednesday's video shows that Davis appears to be trying to refuse issuing a license without getting into a debate, she does bring up her religious beliefs at one point.
"Have you received death threats for what you believe?" she says, before adding that "our Constitution was founded on faith," and being cut off by the couple and protesters.
Shortly after, Davis is seen retreating to her office, with the shades drawn. She has been in her office much of today and was escorted to work by a man with a handgun visible at his waistband.
The controversy surrounding her refusal will play out in court Thursday, when she is scheduled to appear before a federal judge after the Supreme Court this week refused to intervene in an appeals court’s affirmation that she issue the licenses.
Her attorney will argue that she should not be held in contempt of court because of her due process rights.
ABC News(DILLINGHAM, Alaska) -- President Obama's been known to bust a move now and then -- and he's not a bad dancer. On Wednesday, he had the opportunity to show off his moves on the last day of his three-day trip to Alaska.
Obama stopped at Dillingham Middle School and was treated to a cultural performance by the school kids, featuring native dances and songs.
After the kids had finished performing a number of dances, President Obama joined in.
"I've been practicing," Obama said.
Along with the children dressed in colorful native clothing, Obama waved his hands to the beat.
Following the dance, Obama made a few remarks to the audience.
"I've got to make sure I bring Michelle and the girls back," Obama said to applause. "In the meantime we are going to enjoy the fish you gave us. I already had some for lunch. It was really good."
The president said he was "so happy to be here.
"The young people here especially, I'm very proud of you. Keep up your traditions even as you go out into the big world, and learn and bring back the knowledge that's going to help to build this community," Obama added. "We're very very proud of all of you."
“Thanks to all the kids for the great dancing,” said Obama, who then took a group picture with the kids, in front of a sign that read “Camai President Obama." Camai is a native Alaskan greeting. After getting a picture, Obama greeted the kid dancers, hugging a few of them and thanking them.
Earlier in the day, Obama met with local fisherman and tried some salmon jerky.
Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said fellow Republican Jeb Bush should speak English in the United States, another comment likely to spark controversy in light of the millions of U.S. citizens who speak dozens of other languages nationwide.
“I like Jeb; he’s a nice man,” the real estate mogul told Breitbart News Wednesday, which has been confirmed by ABC News. “But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”
Trump has been under fire for controversial comments about immigrants from Mexico throughout the duration of his campaign. The comments also come the same day as a newly released ABC News-Washington Post poll shows that 82 percent of Hispanics have an unfavorable view of Trump.
The attack from Trump, 69, was prompted by Bush's comments at a town hall Tuesday in Miami. Bush had addressed -- in both English and Spanish -- questions from the media about his thoughts on Trump.
"I mean this is not a guy who’s a conservative and using his own words is not a mischaracterization, it came out of his own mouth," Bush, 62, said in Spanish, defending his campaign’s Web ad quoting the real estate mogul expressing Democratic positions in past years.
Trump and the former Florida governor, who speaks Spanish fluently, have been engaged in multiple attacks over the past several days.
Bush's campaign manager and director of communications immediately responded to Trump's interview with Tweets Wednesday condemning Trump's remarks.
Brent Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, referenced the diversity of languages spoken by millions across the country in response.
“Trump would be better served remembering that the U.S. is a country with diverse people who speak many different languages,” he said. “We appreciate Jeb Bush’s ability and willingness to speak directly to a Hispanic audience in Spanish. It demonstrates his respect for that diversity and willingness to connect directly with the Latino community, something Trump refuses to do.”
One in five U.S. residents (more than 61.8 million people) speaks a foreign language at home, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
National Council of La Raza spokesperson Lisa Navarrete told ABC News, “Every time Donald Trump opens his mouth he widens the gulf between the Republican Party and Latino voters. Today is no exception.”