ABC News(PHOENIX) — Donald Trump has started giving his long-awaited immigration speech in Phoenix Wednesday night after touching down in the U.S. after a surprise visit to Mexico.
Trump has been talking about his campaign's immigration policy for more than a week and had been touting the speech in Phoenix for days before announcing the trip to Mexico late Tuesday night.
Sen. Jeff Sessions and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who both flew to Mexico with Trump earlier in the day, addressed the crowd before Gov. Mike Pence introduced Trump at Wednesday night's event.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump is tightening the gap between himself and Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, according to a new national poll from Fox News released Wednesday.
Clinton received 48 percent support to Trump’s 42 percent, a smaller gap than the 10-point spread in the same poll earlier in August. When including Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein, the lead is cut to just 2 percentage points — 41 to 39 percent, with 9 percent for Johnson and 4 percent for Stein.
The poll shows Clinton’s leading among her core groups like nonwhites and women. Trump performs better among white men and whites without a college degree.
Trump also reached a new high in favorability for the campaign, hitting 42 percent, a traditionally poor rating that still trails Hillary Clinton’s 45 percent favorable rating.
The poll comes after Trump’s impromptu meeting with the president of Mexico Wednesday afternoon. More than three in four voters say they support a system for undocumented immigrants to become legal residents and not be deported.
Previous polling showed Clinton’s leading Trump by double digits in the wake of her party’s convention, which typically gives candidates a bounce in the polls that eventually fades.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(LAKE TAHOE, Nev.) — President Obama defended his legacy on the environment and criticized climate change denial Wednesday in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, saying "smart" environmental and economic policy aren’t mutually exclusive.
“There is no contradiction between being smart on the environment and having a strong economy, and we've got to keep it going,” Obama said.
Appearing at the 20th anniversary of the yearly Lake Tahoe Summit, Obama spoke about the importance of protecting and preserving the environment and targeted Republican critics skeptical of climate change — referencing Donald Trump, though not by name.
“The fact is that it's man-made,” he said. “It's not, 'We think it's man-made.’ It's not, ‘A lot of people are saying it's man-made.’”
Protecting the environment, he said, won’t happen “if we pretend a snowball in winter means nothing’s wrong...if we boast about how we’re going to scrap international treaties.”
He announced several new White House environmental initiatives, and thanked retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid for "working hard to preserve the national gifts of Nevada and these United States of America."
"The light Harry lit shines bright as ever [on Lake Tahoe]," he said.
The outgoing president also promised to return to the lake after leaving the White House.
"This is really nice, I will be coming here more often," he said. "My transportation won't be as nice, but I'll be spending more time here."
Obama said the visit reminded him of The Godfather II, and a scene in the film where Fredo Corleone, one of the main characters, is killed while fishing on Lake Tahoe.
"The Godfather II is maybe my favorite movie. As I was flying over the lake I was thinking about Fredo," he said, to laughter. "It's tough."
California Gov. Jerry Brown and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer preceded Obama and Reid, who introduced the president.
The Nevada Democrat praised Obama for protecting more than 260 million acres of public land and waters. Republicans have criticized Obama for using executive authority to create national monuments, a cornerstone of his environmental legacy.
Last week, Obama celebrated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by designating a new monument in Maine and expanding the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off of the coast of Hawaii to create the largest marine protected area in the world.
YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) — Donald Trump said that while he had a "substantive, direct and constructive" meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, they "didn't discuss" who would pay for the border wall that Trump has made a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.
Trump arrived in Mexico City Wednesday afternoon and took the podium for a joint press conference alongside Peña Nieto, noting the "tremendous feeling" he has for Mexican-Americans.
"I was straightforward in presenting my views about the impacts of current trade and immigration policies on the United States" Trump said, noting later that "We are united by our support of Mexicans."
"I have a tremendous feeling for Mexican Americans not only in terms of friendship but also in terms of the numbers I employ... I am proud to say how many people I employ," Trump said.
Trump said that "we didn't discuss" who will pay for the wall that Trump has repeatedly said that he plans to build along the southern border along the United States.
During his remarks, Trump said that "having a secure border is a sovereign right, and mutually beneficial. We recognize and respect the right of either country to build a physical barrier or wall on any of it's borders to stop the illegal movement of people, drugs, and weapons."
Peña Nieto spoke first, praising the democratic process and saying that Mexico will be a good neighbor to the United States and work together as "strategic allies."
"We must always be open to talk about what has worked and what hasn't," Peña Nieto said, in Spanish. He said that the countries' will have a "relationship based on mutual respect" and later told how, during their private meeting, Peña Nieto said that he would stand by Mexicans "wherever they are."
"We may not be in agreement on a number of subjects," Peña Nieto said of he and Trump, but said that their countries are important to one another. He said that the purpose of their meeting was to meet each other and to talk about their views. Peña Nieto called their meeting "very open and constructive."
The Mexican president said that he wants to make the border "more efficient and more secure" with the next president, and said that strengthening the border was as important to Mexico.
Trump announced his intentions to visit Mexico on Tuesday night, via social media. "I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Peña Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow," Trump tweeted.
Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, denied that the trip was as last minute as it seemed. The invitation from Peña Nieto first came late last week; the Mexican president invited both Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
"Well, maybe it's been revealed publicly last minute, but the fact is that Mr. Trump was very excited to accept the invitation from the president in Mexico. It’s a decisive presidential move. He wants to establish a conversation with a neighboring country, a leader. And also to discuss the common problems and challenges that our country is facing," Conway said during an interview with NBC.
She said that Wednesday's Trump would be "very presidential."
"I think they’ll have a productive conversation today ... illegal immigration, but also trade policy and drugs," Conway said.
The real estate mogul is reportedly joined by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Jeff Sessions, the campaign said Tuesday.
During a town hall with Fox News' Sean Hannity last week, Trump was asked about Peña Nieto's recent comments that he would meet with the next U.S. president, regardless of who it is.
"I'd meet with him," Trump said of Peña Nieto. "Absolutely, I'd meet with him."
Peña Nieto had said of the Republican presidential nominee, "I have never met him. I can't agree with some of the things he has said, but I will be absolutely respectful and will seek to work with whoever becomes the next president of the United States."
Peña Nieto said in March that he would not pay for a border wall under any circumstances.
This trip comes as Trump is scheduled to speak on immigration later this evening in Phoenix, joined by his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence. His policies on immigration, what's become his trademark issue, have become murky in recent weeks, with Trump indicating that he may not deport all undocumented immigrants as he once suggested.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump is set to receive another classified briefing from U.S. intelligence officials Friday, two weeks after he said he didn’t trust veterans of the intelligence community and then received his first classified briefing from some of them about major threats and emerging concerns around the world.
The Republican presidential nominee is expected to receive his second classified briefing Friday at the FBI’s field office in New York City, a senior campaign official told ABC News. That’s where career staffers from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence walked him through their latest assessment of worldwide threats two weeks ago.
For his first briefing, which lasted about two hours, Trump brought along New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a former Defense Intelligence Agency director who has become an outspoken and sometimes controversial supporter of Trump.
It’s unclear whether the same advisers will be attending Friday’s planned briefing with Trump.
Because of the sensitivity of the information discussed during briefings of presidential candidates, the sessions must take place in locations with secure rooms, known as sensitive compartmented information facilities. The FBI's office in New York City has such rooms.
The FBI, however, will have no role in the briefing beyond playing host, as ABC News was previously told.
Many of his critics, including top Democratic senators, have questioned whether he is fit to receive classified information, citing controversial statements he has made on the campaign trail.
Similarly, Republican critics have questioned whether Hillary Clinton should receive classified information after what they say is the reckless way she handled sensitive information with use of a private server when she was secretary of state.
Clinton received her first classified briefing last weekend as the Democratic nominee for president.
Clinton’s session was held Saturday at the FBI’s office in White Plains, New York, close to her Chappaqua home. It lasted more than two hours, and Clinton attended it alone, a campaign aide said.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and the White House have said they have no qualms about briefing the Republican or Democratic presidential candidates, noting that providing the briefings is a "long-standing tradition in our system," dating back more than 60 years.
Clapper recently said there is no concern within the U.S. intelligence community over providing classified information to either of the presidential candidates, insisting, "It's not up to the administration and certainly not up to me personally to decide on the suitability of a presidential candidate."
"The American electorate is in the process of deciding the suitability of these two candidates to serve as commander in chief, and they will make that decision, to pick someone who will be cleared for everything," Clapper said in July at the annual Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.
Each of the campaigns decides the location for the candidates’ classified briefings, according to Clapper.
The briefings resemble the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment issued by the intelligence community, which releases an unclassified version each year. While some top-secret information could be discussed, the briefings will not include the nation's most sensitive secrets, particularly information on sources, methods and operations.
During an interview with Fox News that aired hours after Trump’s first briefing on Aug. 17, the Republican nominee was asked whether he trusts U.S. intelligence.
"Not so much from the people that have been doing it for our country. Look what's happened over the last 10 years. Look what's happened over the years. It's been catastrophic,” Trump said. "I won't use some of the people that are sort of your standards, just use them, use them, use them. Very easy to use them. But I won't use them because they've made such bad decisions.”
ABC News(CINCINNATI) — Hillary Clinton Wednesday used her first public event in nearly a week to bash Donald Trump for “dropping in” on Mexico, saying building relationships takes more than “a photo op.”
"You don't build a coalition by insulting our friends or acting like a loose cannon. You do it by putting in the slow, hard work of building relationships," the Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state said during remarks at the American Legion's national convention in Cincinnati, referring to her Republican opponent.
"Getting countries working together was my job every day as your secretary of state. It's more than a photo op. It takes consistency and reliability. Actually, it's just like building personal relationships. People have got to know that they can count on you, that you won't say one thing one day and something totally different the next.
"And," she added, "it certainly takes more than trying to make up for a year of insults and insinuations by dropping in on our neighbors for a few hours and then flying home again. That is not how it works."
Trump accepted an invitation from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday to meet Wednesday before Trump was to give a speech on immigration Wednesday night in Phoenix.
Clinton's campaign responded swiftly to news of the trip.
"What ultimately matters is what Donald Trump says to voters in Arizona, not Mexico, and whether he remains committed to the splitting up of families and deportation of millions," Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement Tuesday.
The campaign confirmed that Clinton, too, has received an invitation to meet with Pena Nieto. Clinton, who last met with him in 2014, has yet to accept, but her campaign says she hopes to meet with him soon.
During her speech to the American Legion, she also hit Trump for his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and how Trump agreed when Putin criticized American exceptionalism.
"There's no question we face real threats and real enemies that we need to confront and defeat. My opponent is wrong when he says America is no longer great," Clinton said.
On the topic of Russia, she homed in on cybersecurity in light of recent hacks that her campaign believes were part of attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election.
"Russia has hacked into a lot of things. China has hacked into a lot of things. Russia even hacked into the Democratic National Committee," she said. "Maybe even some state election systems. So we've got to step up our game, make sure we're well defended and able to take the fight to those who go after us."
Clinton also told the veterans' organization that she will address the mental health of U.S. service members when they return home and make sure the families of fallen troops get the respect they deserve.
"I will never, ever disrespect Gold Star families who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Or prisoners of war who endured so much in our name. To insult them is just so wrong, and it says a lot about the person doing the insulting," she said, referring to Trump's attacks on the parents of slain U.S. soldier Humayun Khan after they appeared onstage at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Trump will address the American Legion convention Thursday.
Prior to the 2016 election, George H. W. Bush had the highest unfavorable rating for any major-party candidate for president in ABC/Post polls in July 1992, on his way to losing his re-election bid.
Clinton’s rise in unpopularity follows renewed attention on her use of a private email server and alleged conflicts of interest over her connections to the Clinton Foundation fundraising while she served as secretary of state. This metric rose among some of her core support groups, including women, post-graduates, Hispanics and liberals.
The shift erases a post-convention gain for Clinton, whose favorable rating ticked up from 42 percent in July to 48 percent in early August, before dropping to 41 percent in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates.
Trump, on the other hand, had an even larger gap, with a 29-70 percent favorable-unfavorable rating in June. This nearly matches his highest unfavorability rating of 71 percent from May 2015, shortly before he announced his candidacy. Trump scored particularly low with blacks, 84 percent of whom view him unfavorably. Given the sample sizes, that’s not a significant difference from the 91 percent of this group who responded similarly in early August, despite his recent appeals for their votes.
The favorable rating is one of the most basic measure of a public figure’s popularity. Clinton and Trump’s historic low scores raise uncertainties about voter turnout in the November election. The open question is whether they can motivate their potential supporters to show up at the polls on Election Day. The high unfavorable ratings may mean that voters will be more motivated by their opposition to the candidate they dislike the most, rather than in support of any candidate.
Notably, Clinton’s popularity among women has flipped from 54-43 percent favorable-unfavorable last month ( 11 points favorable), to 45-52 percent now ( 7 unfavorable); it’s the first time in a year that most women have viewed her unfavorably.
Clinton’s favorable-unfavorable rating has also flipped among those with post-graduate degrees, from 60-39 percent in in early August to 47-51 percent now. She’s now back to about where she was among post-grads in July.
She’s gone from about an even split among moderates, 50-48 percent favorable-unfavorable, to a more lopsided 41-56 percent now. Among liberals, she’s dropped from 76 favorable to 63 percent favorable. And among nonwhites she’s fallen from 73 to 62 percent favorable, largely due to a 16-point drop, to 55 percent, among Hispanics.
Clinton couldn’t get much less popular among Republicans – 88 percent of whom see her unfavorably. But she’s also lost 8 points in this measure among independents (to 31 percent) and among Democrats (to 79 percent in her home party, vs. Trump’s 72 percent among Republicans).
There’s been no change in Trump’s popularity overall, but some shifts among groups. Most notably, he’s slipped by six points in favorability among men while gaining seven points among women, perhaps reflecting his recent efforts at “softening” some of his positions.
This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cell phone from Aug. 24-28, 2016, among a random national sample of 1,020 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points. The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by SSRS of Media, Pa. See details on the survey’s methodology here.
Marco Rubio delivers remarks at his victory party in Kissimmee, Fla., after winning the Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) -- A number of states held primaries Tuesday night, with notable politicians winning to ensure their presence in the November races.
In Florida, Marco Rubio won the GOP primary for his old Senate seat. Despite saying he would not run for re-election during his presidential campaign, Rubio ended up running for a second term.
Rubio will face off against Rep. Patrick Murphy in the November election. Murphy was endorsed by both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. He beat out progressive Rep. Alan Grayson in the Democratic primary.
Rubio looked ahead to November Tuesday night, calling on Murphy to take him on in a series of six debates.
Thank you for all of your support! Let's keep up the momentum.
Also in Florida, despite being embroiled in scandal when she was ousted as the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz won the Democratic primary in the 23rd Congressional district. She defeated Bernie Sanders-back Tim Canova.
Elsewhere in the state, Angela Corey, a state attorney who investigated the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, lost the Republican primary for 4th circuit judicial state attorney. She was defeated by Melissa Nelson, a corporate lawyer and former prosecutor.
Across the country, Sen. John McCain beat former state legislator Kelli Ward in the GOP primary in his Arizona district. McCain has faced a tough political year, saying he would not back his party's presidential nominee, Donald Trump. McCain has said this could be his toughest re-election cycle yet. He will square off against Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in November.
Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images(AUGUSTA, Maine) -- Facing pressure to resign after comments many called racist and a profanity-laced voicemail left for Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine, Maine Gov. Paul LePage told reporters Wednesday he will not be resigning and will be seeking spiritual guidance.
“We always have been a family of faith and we recognize that the grace and guidance from God can make us stronger in life,” LePage said in a statement following a meeting with Gattine.
LePage and Gattine met for less than 10 minutes at the governor's office, in an attempt for the governor to make amends.
“To the Maine people, today, I am asking for forgiveness. Comments I have expressed recently are unaccepted and I apologize sincerely for using such disrespectful language as your Governor,” LePage said in the statement. “Also, I would like to express an apology to the Gattine family. I understand how hurtful statements affect a family and regret that my words have adversely upset your lives. For this I am sorry.”
Gattine spoke to reporters directly after the meeting, confirming that the governor did apologize, but said he doesn’t believe the state can move forward with the current governor.
“We need functioning government, we need a governor who can work with us every day to try and solve these problems and I’m concerned that we can’t go ahead for the next two years and continue to be in the constant cycle,” Gattine said.
When pressed by ABC News regarding whether he still believes after the meeting that LePage should resign, Gattine said, “I would like to see a different governor.”
Legislatively, majorities of each caucus would need to agree to come back for a special session to take any additional action against the governor. House Republicans met Tuesday night and decided to stand by LePage.
In the voicemail released by the Maine State House Majority Office last week, LePage could be heard saying that he wanted Gattine to "prove" that he was a racist.
"Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage. I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist.... I want you to prove that I'm a racist. I've spent my life helping black people and you little son of a ---- socialist ... I want you to record this and make it public because I'm after you. Thank you."
By Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America. (NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton finished up three days of fundraising in the Hamptons on Tuesday night, raising more than $12 million.
In total, Clinton attended nine fundraisers between Sunday and Tuesday, plus an additional event attended by donors where she didn't raise money for her campaign. The Democratic presidential nominee does not provide exact fundraising numbers for the events, but based on attendance and ticket costs, the total likely came in at at least $12 million for the three days.
During the final fundraiser Tuesday night, Clinton danced with music legend Paul McCartney, while Jimmy Buffett sang "Cheeseburger in Paradise."
McCartney joked during his set that the event was "the first time I've paid to hear myself sing."
In addition to McCartney and Buffett, Jon Bon Jovi was also in attendance. The three played "Hey Judge" to close out the event.
ABC News(PHOENIX) -- Donald Trump is going to be back out on the campaign trail Wednesday with his long-awaited speech that is slated to unveil the newest version of his immigration plan.
The speech comes after Trump and his campaign staff differed when describing portions of his policy relating to immigration, indicating that there might be changes from what he has previously mentioned on the trail.
Trump will also meet with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto. Trump's past comments on building a wall on the southwestern border and making Mexico pay for it, and his references to Mexico "sending people that have lots of problems" to the U.S. -- including "rapists" -- set off a firestorm on both sides of the border.
The biggest change to Trump's immigration stance seems to center around the previously planned deportation force that would have been dedicated to removing people who now live in the United States but originally arrived illegally. In recent weeks, Trump has appeared to be wavering on what to do with some longstanding residents who have families and jobs and no criminal history.
Trump's communications director Jason Miller previewed the speech on Tuesday on Fox News, saying that "nothing's changed with Mr. Trump's stance."
Miller reiterated that "there will a physical wall on the Mexican border" and said that a Trump administration would do "a much better job" at deporting people than the current administration has been doing.
"He has been remarkably consistent. He's going to stop illegal immigration," Miller said.
Trump himself has also been promoting the speech on Twitter.
From day one I said that I was going to build a great wall on the SOUTHERN BORDER, and much more. Stop illegal immigration. Watch Wednesday!
News of the visit comes just a day before Trump is expected to give a formal speech focused on immigration. Trump is scheduled to speak Wednesday evening in Phoenix, joined by his running mate, governor Mike Pence, where he will lay out his immigration plans.
Last week, during a town hall with Fox News' Sean Hannity, the Republican presidential nominee was asked about Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's recent comments that he would meet with the next U.S. president, regardless of who it is.
"I'd meet with him," Trump said of Nieto. "Absolutely, I'd meet with him."
Nieto had said of Trump, "I have never met him. I can't agree with some of the things he has said, but I will be absolutely respectful and will seek to work with whoever becomes the next president of the United States."
Nieto said in March that he would not pay for a border wall under any circumstances.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department said Tuesday that as many as 30 previously undisclosed emails that may refer to the 2012 Benghazi attack are included in the thousands of deleted documents recovered by the FBI during an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she served as secretary of state.
Government lawyers revealed the number of potential new documents during a hearing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia regarding lawsuits filed by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch, which is seeking access to records related to Clinton’s time at the State Department. Clinton is the Democratic presidential nominee.
Some or all of the emails may be duplicates of emails previously handed over to the State Department by Clinton, government lawyers said. The department said it would like time to review the emails to determine whether they contain any classified information.
Judge Amit Mehta determined that the State Department and Judicial Watch must deliver a status report to the court by Sept. 6 to indicate how many of the emails are non-duplicative of any other communications Clinton has previously disclosed.
"I encourage you to get it done sooner rather than later," the judge told a government lawyer during the hearing. "I'm confident you can get it done by the 6th."
The Justice Department closed its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server without filing any criminal charges, but the issue is being kept alive, in part, by Judicial Watch lawsuits that seek to make more government records public.
Clinton has said it was a mistake to use a private email server while serving as secretary of state but has denied breaking any laws.
Clinton has also said her team only deleted emails from her server that were personal in nature and not related to her duties as secretary of state.
Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(ERIE, Pa.) -- Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine hit GOP nominee Donald Trump for his failure to disclose his foreign business deals and debts, painting them as a possible national security risk.
Kaine made the remarks in a lengthy attack of Trump Tuesday during a speech in Erie, Pennsylvania. Kaine focused the speech on hitting Trump for his refusal to release his tax returns, disclose his medical health records and reveal his debts and foreign business dealings.
"This past March at a Republican debate, Trump was talking about his business acumen. And he said that he is the midst of making about 120 foreign deals -- 120 foreign deals. That’s 120 potential conflicts of interest, 120 opportunities for business elsewhere or governments elsewhere to influence what he might do as president,” Kaine said.
While Kaine’s running mate, Hillary Clinton, has faced controversy regarding foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation, Kaine described Trump’s dealings with Russia and China as problematic. He described a New York Times report about Trump’s debts to China.
“He is also more in debt including to the state owned Bank of China. Now, Donald will say he’s going to hold China to account. How can he do that when his accounts to China are in the red?” Kaine said.
Kaine pivoted to connecting Trump to Russia, citing statements made by members of the Trump family about business dealings in Russia as well as Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who resigned from the campaign after controversy arose about his ties to Russia and pro-Kemlin forces in Ukraine.
"As long as he keeps hiding his tax returns, we have no idea how he might stand to profit from Russia or what they might be holding over him. All we know is that something strange is going on,” Kaine said.
Kaine asked if Trump would stand up to cyberattacks from Russia, particularly ones that interfered in the United States' electoral process. The question flipped a narrative floated on the trail by Trump that a Clinton victory in November could signal the election was “rigged.”
"And just imagine if Russia were to engage in a cyberattack to destabilize the American electoral process, as it has done with other nations. Would President Trump stand up to them?” Kaine asked. "We actually know the answer to that one already, because Trump has publicly encouraged Russia to commit espionage and hack his political rivals."
Kaine added, "He’s encouraged Russia to already get in and screw around with our elections. And his close confidant Roger Stone says that he is contact with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, the group that’s helping spread stolen information including stolen information from the United States."
Kaine also gave a spirited defense of Clinton’s health -- a subject called into question by Trump and his surrogate Rudy Giuliani in recent weeks.
"Can I give you an up close and personal on this?” Kaine asked the audience of more than 300 people. "She has been running on full speed for 17 months. I can tell you, Hillary Clinton is one tough and one healthy person. Very, very tough, and very, very healthy."
Kaine said that Trump himself was the candidate who seemed to have something to hide, referencing an NBC interview with Trump's doctor who claimed he wrote a note praising Trump's health in five minutes.
"The Trump campaign just feels like Trump’s next big con," Kaine said. "He’s hiding his tax return, he’s hiding his financial bill of health, he’s trying to cover up his web of foreign engagements and conflicts of interest. And he won’t even release credible information about his health."
"Donald Trump, it's time for you to come clean," Kaine said.
The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has commuted the sentences of 111 federal inmates convicted of drug offenses, the White House announced Tuesday, bringing his total number of commutations to 673.
According to the White House, Obama has cut the federal sentences of more men and woman than the last 10 presidents combined, and the most since President Calvin Coolidge. Earlier this month, he commuted the sentences of 214 people in a single day -- a new record.
Republicans have criticized Obama's actions. In a July 2015 letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee accused him of using the "extraordinary" action for "political purposes."
Obama has pardoned just 70 individuals as president, according to the Justice Department, fewer than any president since William McKinley.