ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is no stranger to the media. As he mentions often, he’s been in the limelight for years, and is known for calling reporters and newsrooms directly to float story ideas or contest coverage.
And while relations between journalists and the candidates they cover can be contentious, it is rare, perhaps, for a presidential candidate to hurl insults at the press corps with as much frequency as this presumptive Republican nominee does.
At Tuesday’s news conference, for instance, he referred to various reporters as “dishonest,” “disgusting” and “sleazy,” while mocking one as “a real beauty.”
Here are five of the most combative moments from Tuesday:
1. ’You’re a Real Sleazy Guy’
ABC News’ Tom Llamas asked him about his contributions to veterans’ organizations. Trump held a January fundraiser for veterans in Iowa, and some people have since raised questions about the distribution of the money.
Trump announced last week that he donated $1 million of his own money toward that cause, and Tuesday detailed the amount of money allocated to 41 groups.
Llamas noted that Trump had been generous in writing the $1 million check. “The night of that Iowa fundraiser you said you had raised $6 million. Clearly you had not. Your critics say you tend to exaggerate, you have a problem with the truth. Is this a prime example?” he asked.
"No, I raised almost $6 million,” Trump responded. "Some of it didn't come through, but more money is coming through than didn't come through.”
Trump later criticized the media for looking into his donations.
"But what I don't want is when I raise millions of dollars, have people say like this sleazy guy right over here from ABC, he's a sleaze in my book,” Trump began.
Llamas interjected, asking why he was a sleaze.
“You're a sleaze because you know the facts and you know the facts well,” Trump said.
2. Trump Says Interactions Will Continue to Be Contentious If He’s President
At one point, a reporter for British-newspaper The Daily Mail noted to Trump that he had set a new bar in calling some members of the media “losers,” asking whether such interactions would continue to be contentious if Trump won the presidency.
"Yeah, it is,” Trump said.
He added, "It is going to be like this … . If the press writes false stories like they did with this because, you know, half of you were amazed I raised all of this money -- then we have to read probably libelous stories, or certainly close, in the newspapers and the people know the stories are false, I'm going to continue to attack the press."
3. ‘You’re a Real Beauty’
Trump repeatedly called the media dishonest for looking into his donations. CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Trump whether he is resistant to the kind of scrutiny that comes with running for the presidency.
"I like scrutiny, but you know what? When I raised money, excuse me, excuse me. I have watched you on television. You're a real beauty. When I raise money for the veterans and it's a massive amount of money, find out how much Hillary Clinton has given to the veterans, nothing,” Trump said.
4. ‘The Press Should Be Ashamed of Themselves’
The first question that Trump received Tuesday was why it took so long to announce what had happened to money he said he raised. Trump responded, saying he had raised $5.6 million and noting that he had hoped to keep his donations private, despite hosting a televised fundraiser.
"I will say that the press should be ashamed of themselves, and on behalf of the vets the press should be ashamed of themselves. “
5. ‘You Make Me Look Very Bad’
Finally, Trump appeared agitated that reporters had called organizations on the list he had initially released to verify that the organizations had, in fact, received the funds.
Of the veterans’ organizations, he said, "They are calling me and they are furious because I sent people checks of a lot of money, and we're going to give you the names right now, which is what you want. And instead of being like, ‘Thank you very much, Mr. Trump’ or ‘Trump did a good job,’ everyone is saying, ‘Who got it? Who got it? Who got it?’ And you make me look very bad."
He added, somewhat morosely, "I have never received such bad publicity for doing such a good job."
ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Documents was released Tuesday in a California class-action lawsuit against Trump University, the now defunct school founded by the Republican frontrunner Donald Trump that is also the subject of a legal challenge in New York.
The documents offer a behind the scenes look at how Trump University was marketed. Plaintiffs say they were wooed under false pretenses. The Attorney General of New York has filed a similar lawsuit.
This is a developing story. Please check back in for updates.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The possibility of a breakout independent presidential candidate has followed the 2016 campaign since the beginning, when Donald Trump used the threat of separating from the Republican race as a way to win establishment support.
But the speculation hasn't ended now that Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee; it's now focused around people who could run against him.
Prominent Republican Bill Kristol, who is the editor and founder of the conservative magazine The Weekly Standard has been actively predicting another person will run.
Just a heads up over this holiday weekend: There will be an independent candidate--an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.
Kristol focused on the prospect of a new hat in the ring in his most recent editorial, naming "not-terribly-well-known, but capable congressman like Mike Pompeo or Adam Kinzinger" as possibilities, or "a respected former senator like Judd Gregg or Mel Martinez."
In an email to ABC News, Kristol posed a question rather than giving specific descriptions of his ideal candidate.
"Key question: can a (relative) unknown who's a very impressive person (and will have access to resources and a strong team) run as a citizen candidate who's served his country and establish a contrast to Trump and Clinton?" Kristol wrote.
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney has already ruled out running as a spoiler, as has Trump's former rival Ohio Gov. John Kasich, as well as Senators Ben Sasse and Tom Coburn.
ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd said the state of the two presumptive nominees has likely led to Kristol's comments.
"The reason this keeps gets talked about," Dowd said on Good Morning America, "is that we have two very unpopular likely nominees of the major parties. It creates a window of opportunity."
Kristol has been one of the most vocal advocates for an independent run and Dowd likened his comments to those of the police commissioner in Batman comics who called on the caped crusader to save the day.
"He's a little bit like Commissioner Gordon," Dowd said of Kristol, "shining the bat signal over the White House, hoping that somebody will show up and save the day and save the GOP."
For his part, Trump has dismissed Kristol's claims, saying the editor has "no credibility" since Kristol initially said that Trump would never run for office.
"He looks like such a fool," Trump said.
If a third-party candidate were to step up, it would have to be soon since time is running out.
Philip Wallach, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, thinks that the later it gets in the race, the bigger a network the individual would need to make their bid viable.
"At this point, it is late enough in the game that only someone with extensive backing and a strong national reputation could have a significant impact as an independent," Wallach told ABC News.
"Because of this, the Libertarian ticket headed by two well-liked former Republican governors has the best chance in its history to tap into the 'None of the Above' vote and expand their party’s backing beyond a highly committed fringe," he said.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton has shifted her game plan to show more love to California before the state's June 7 primary.
The Democratic front-runner changed her schedule for this week, canceling a Thursday event in New Jersey in order to be in California on the days leading up to next Tuesday’s election there.
She will now be in California from June 2 to June 6, her campaign said this weekend.
This isn't the first time she has changed her schedule to allow more face time with California voters: She also added a roundtable event in Oakland Friday before heading back to the East Coast for the Memorial Day weekend.
But a Clinton campaign aide dismissed speculation that the changes are an indication of anything more than scheduling adjustments. The aide said they always knew it would be a competitive race in California, and have prepared for such. Close Polling
The schedule changes come as polling suggests the race in the Golden State has been tightening.
The Public Policy Institute of California released a poll last week showing that Clinton was leading Sanders by 2 percentage points, putting the race inside the margin of error.
The race has grown closer since the group's most recent poll, released March 24, which had Clinton with a 7-point lead. Shaping the Ad Buys
Sanders also appears to have at least partially forced Clinton's hand when it comes to the ad front: Sanders' campaign announced it made a $1.5 million ad buy in the state on May 24, and the next day, a Clinton aide told ABC News that Clinton would start airing multilingual ads there Friday.
The exact price tag on her ads, which include one ad voiced by actor Morgan Freeman and others in Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese and Cantonese, has not been released but the aide said it was a six-figure buy.
Another significant development came today when Gov. Jerry Brown announced his endorsement of Clinton in an open letter on his website.
Brown noted that he is "deeply impressed" by how well Sanders has done and made a reference to his own campaign against a Clinton. Brown ran against Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential race, and said in today's letter that he had "attempted a similar campaign" to Sanders’.
"This is no time for Democrats to keep fighting each other,” Brown wrote. “The general election has already begun. Hillary Clinton, with her long experience, especially as secretary of state, has a firm grasp of the issues and will be prepared to lead our country on day one.”
ABC News(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has thrown his support behind Hillary Clinton one week before his state’s primary contest.
“On Tuesday, June 7, I have decided to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump,” Brown wrote in an open letter to California Democrats and Independents, which he posted on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
The endorsement comes in spite of a contentious history with Bill Clinton, who he ran against in 1992. Brown, who came in second in the popular vote that year, stayed in for the duration of the primary season. After Clinton had clinched the party nomination, Brown arrived at the Democratic convention with his own party platform, and spoke when his name was placed into nomination.
Brown alluded to his 1992 run in his current letter supporting Clinton, noting that his own presidential campaign had similar ideals to Sanders’ and he has been “deeply impressed” with his performance.
But, he continued, the voters have clearly chosen Clinton, both in raw vote count and delegate numbers.
“Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown — by millions of votes — that they want her as their nominee,” Brown wrote.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — Responding to questions about his contributions to veterans’ charities, Donald Trump detailed Tuesday the various groups that have shared the millions he said he collected at his Iowa fundraiser in January.
“I raised close to $6 million. It will probably be over that amount when it's all said and done but, as of this moment, it's $5.6 million,” Trump asserted Tuesday at a news conference at Trump Tower in New York.
Trump said the money has been distributed and cashed out, blaming the delay on the need to vet the groups.
“I had teams of people reviewing statistics, reviewing numbers, and also talking to people in the military to find out whether or not the group was deserving of the money,” the presumptive Republican nominee told reporters.
Trump continued: “I wanted to keep it private because I don't think it's anybody's business if I want to send money to the vets.”
Reading from a list, Trump said he gave money to various veterans’ charities, including Hope for the Warriors, Homes for Our Troops, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust, and K9s for Warriors. The largest contribution Trump listed was $1.1 million to the Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation.
Trump said that while he wasn’t “too involved” in picking the organizations, he gave the money to the Marine Corps- Law Enforcement because they are “fabulous people.”
Instead of appearing on an Iowa stage with his presidential competitors at a Jan. 28 Republican debate, Trump hosted a "special event to benefit veterans organizations” that night, later saying it raised $6 million. Following that event, questions arose as to which organizations benefited from Trump’s event, when the groups received the money and exactly how much was allocated. Trump announced last week he had donated $1 million of his own money.
Trump Tuesday criticized the media for being “dishonest” and “unfair” saying he has never received such “bad publicity” for doing a “good job.”
“I don't want the credit for it but I shouldn't be lambasted,” Trump insisted.
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is pushing back against Trump's news conference, unveiling her campaign proposal on veterans and their families in a news release and hosting a national press call with Florida veterans to "call out Donald Trump’s hypocrisy."
Back in New York, veterans organized by an outside Democratic group are expected to protest the real estate mogul outside Trump Tower Tuesday, just after Trump's news conference is scheduled to begin.
Gary Gershoff/WireImage(LONDON) — World-renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking may understand the many mysteries of the universe, but even he's having a hard time grasping Donald Trump's meteoric rise in popularity.
In an interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain Tuesday, Hawking called Trump a "demagogue" who seemed to attract the "lowest common denominator."
When Hawking was asked whether his knowledge of the universe meant that he could explain Trump's popularity, he was blunt.
"I can't," Hawking, 74, said.
Hawking is a cosmologist at the University of Cambridge in England.
Diagnosed with a motor neurone disease at 21, Hawking has been confined to a wheelchair for decades and communicates with the help of a speech synthesizer.
ABC News(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Five animal rights protesters jumped over barricades and rushed the podium at a Bernie Sanders rally in East Oakland, California, on Monday night, prompting the Vermont senator's Secret Service detail to intervene.
One of the protesters appeared to be hit by one of the security member's baton, while another was carried out of the venue by his arms and legs.
For his part, Sanders did not seem rattled.
"We don't get intimidated easily," he said, after the protesters had been removed.
Sanders’ campaign spokesperson, Michael Briggs, said he thought security handled the episode “professionally,” although a media spokesperson for the group organizing the protest said one of its members was “assaulted.”
Zach Groff of the grassroots group Direct Action Everywhere told ABC News that they have been targeting Sanders because of his message about caring for the most vulnerable.
“His campaign has promoted itself based on this idea of progressivism and rejecting discrimination and inequality," Groff said, "but when it comes to the animals in the United States and around the world, discrimination and violence is the name of the game every single day.”
“He claims to be a progressive, but you cannot be a progressive if you oppose animal rights," he said.
In a statement, another one of the Berkely-based group's organizers, Aidan Cook, said that “Sanders claims to oppose ‘factory farming,’ but what he hides is that virtually all farms in the United States, including farms he supports, are essentially factory farms."
"What we’ve learned in the case of human oppression applies to animals too: when we see someone as an object, all sorts of horrors, notably factory farming, are not just possible but inevitable,” Cook said.
The group is seeking an endorsement of full “personhood” for all animals and has previously disrupted Sanders' events.
ABC News(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Bernie Sanders reaffirmed Sunday that he is not planning to accept defeat in the primary race until the Democratic Party’s convention in July, regardless of the outcome of the June 7 primaries, which include delegate-rich California and New Jersey.
Talking to reporters before an event in East Oakland, California, Sanders preemptively rejected any declarations about Hillary Clinton as the presumptive nominee until superdelegates vote in Philadelphia at the party's convention later this summer, even if she passes the threshold for delegates needed, as she likely will, next week.
"I think you know there’s been some discussion that some of the media is going to say the campaign is over, she is the nominee on Tuesday night after the votes come in from New Jersey -- that’s not accurate,” said Sanders, who has been feverishly campaigning in California, where 475 pledged delegates are at stake.
The Sanders campaign has said for months that it intends to fight until the national party meets in Philadelphia, even if Sanders does not have a take the lead in pledged delegates. However, until recently, the Vermont senator has also consistently contended he will pass her on that front. These days the senator talks about the momentum he will have going into Philadelphia. Sanders comments today were also notable as they come so late in the game, just a week before June 7, and as Clinton stands on the verge of securing the number of delegates needed for the nomination.
Considering Clinton’s resounding lead among the party’s superdelegates, the former Secretary of State currently needs only 73 more delegates to clinch the nomination. She has 2,310 pledged and superdelegates committed to her, out of the 2,383 needed in total.
If Clinton wins roughly 50 percent of the pledged delegates available in contests this weekend in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, then she will only be 39 delegates shy coming into June 7.
"She has received obviously a whole lot of superdelegate support, no question about that," Sanders said. "A lot more than I have. But superdelegates don’t vote until they’re on the floor of the Democratic convention. That’s when they vote. Sanders addded that "starting yesterday" his job was to convince superdelegates of his electability against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Sanders has been feverishly campaigning up and down California hoping for a landslide victory in the far west state where 475 pledged delegates are at stake.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Both Democratic presidential hopefuls took to the streets on opposite coasts Monday to walk in Memorial Day parades: Frontrunner Hillary Clinton, joined by husband Bill, walked in the annual Newcastle Memorial Day parade in their hometown of Chappaqua, New York, while Bernie Sanders walked with a largely veteran crowd in a parade in San Francisco.
Joined by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and local officials, the Clintons walked the short parade route from the town's fire station to the train station, waving at spectators along the route.
The Clintons were in stride with each other, fashion-wise, wearing matching blue ensembles: The former Secretary of State wore a bright blue pantsuit and matching pair of chic sunglasses, while Bill wore bright blue running shoes.
One man followed Clinton down the parade route holding a sign that read "The Silent Majority Stands with TRUMP."
Towards the end of the parade, reporters asked Clinton what the event meant to her, to which she replied, "I love it. I love being here. It's my favorite parade."
On the other side of the country, Sanders marched in a San Francisco Memorial Day parade. He walked the short parade route with veterans and honored guests. Then, he later sat onstage joined by the mayor and police chief at the historic Presidio, overlooking the bay, next to the city's national cemetery.
Other than one female spectator who booed him, the crowd appeared excited by his surprise visit, shaking his hand and waving from the sidelines.
"As the former chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, the needs of veterans and the needs of those families who made the ultimate sacrifice is something that is very important," Sanders said.
Sanders also delivered a brief statement to reporters after the event, standing on the edge of the cemetery grass with military gravestones behind him. He did not take questions, saying he did not want to talk politics.
"Today [Monday] is not just a day for picnics and for ball games," he said. "It is a day to remember. The cost of war is very very real. Not only in terms of death but in terms of the kind of pain that the veterans carry with them who have come back. So today is a day to remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives and of their families."
iStock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- It's not just Republicans and Democrats gearing up for the 2016 election -- Libertarians from across the country huddled in Orlando this past weekend to choose their presidential nominee.
They're the voters who don't fit into the customary two-party divide: As social liberals and fiscal conservatives, they're pushing their own movement to create a viable third party. One delegate from Texas wore bunny ears throughout the convention, arguing, “these things need a little levity.” Another wore a red clown nose.
But that's not all: Here are the characters you don't want to miss from the convention.
Gary Johnson and Bill Weld
Libertarians say they now have their most viable general election ticket in their party's history: the two former GOP two-term governors will likely be on the ballot in all 50 states this year.
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld say that Americans' dissatisfaction with major party nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump means they have a chance to compete this year.
A recent Fox News poll places Johnson at roughly 10 percent support. But polls tend to overestimate third-party support: Johnson got one percent of the popular vote in 2012.
Libertarian presidential candidate Marc Allen Feldman won over the crowd with his witty one-liners and closing statement rap.
When asked in the debate whether he supports gender-divided bathrooms, the doctor quipped that he backs one for people who wash their hands and one for those who don't. He also compared the joint-security organization NATO to Facebook, saying it lets you know what your friends are doing, but it's a waste of time.
He fell short in the presidential race, but his medical skills came in handy: delegates applauded him after he helped a pedestrian who got hit by a car outside the convention center.
Freedom From Clothes?
One Libertarian candidate for party chair took his idea of liberty to another level.
The delegate stripped down to his underwear on stage, immediately dropping out of the race and telling delegates he was dared to do strip down.
Most of the delegates booed the man, complaining that the party needed to be taken seriously during the election season. One delegate moved to kick the stripper out of the party, but it was ruled out of order.
The Delegate Called 'StarChild'
A delegate from California who goes by the name of StarChild wore a see-through raincoat with only a Speedo underneath it to “demand transparency.”
StarChild, a sex worker, describes the Libertarian party as “trans-partisan.”
“I think we tend to appeal both equally to right and left,” he told ABC News.
"We need to get away from this two-party cartel,” he added.
Good morning from the Libertarian convention in Orlando! "Starchild" from CA urges voters to "demand transparency" pic.twitter.com/mKiVlK5MjT
New Hampshire’s Vermin Supreme also stopped by the convention to seek the Libertarian nomination. Supreme, who ran for president in his home state both this year and in 2012, is known for wearing a boot on his head.
His platform? Mandatory tooth-brushing laws, free ponies for all Americans, time-travel, and preparing for the zombie apocalypse. He received one vote.
Supreme, however, made it a point to tell ABC News he was not representative of the party, “and I think the party would appreciate me saying that.”
Presidential candidate Vermin Supreme making an appearance during day two of the Libertarian convention in Orlando. pic.twitter.com/RJDEStg0c4
iStock/Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- President Obama Monday honored the nation’s fallen service members by calling for true remembrance of their sacrifices – through actions and deeds – in a Memorial Day address at Arlington Cemetery.
“The Americans who rest here and their families, the best of us, those from whom we asked everything ask of us today only one thing in return, that we remember them,” the president said of the fallen in an address that followed a wreath-laying ceremony at the Virginia cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
True remembrance, the president said, means supporting the families who lost their loved ones and living a life that embodies the values for which the fallen sacrificed their lives.
“Truly honoring these fallen Americans means being there for spouses and their children,” the president said.
The president also said “we have to do better” in true remembrance of the sacrifices made by the veterans still among us by ensuring they are supported in accessing good health care and jobs upon their return home.
“Truly remembering means that after our fallen heroes gave everything to get their battle buddies home we have to make sure our veterans get everything that they have earned from good health care to a good job,” he said. “And we have to do better, our work is never done. We have to be there not only when we need them but when they need us.”
And in a reminder that the United States remains a nation engaged in active fighting, the president paused to acknowledge the 20 Americans who have given their lives in Afghanistan since last year’s Memorial Day, as well as three in Iraq in the fight against ISIS.
In an emotional moment, Obama told the story of Master Sgt. Josh Wheeler, who died in Iraq, and whose wife, Ashley, was present at Arlington Ceremony along with their 10-month-old son, David. The audience offered an extended applause as the president paused in recognition of the Wheeler family.
“Today [Monday] this husband and father rests here at Arlington in Section 60, and as Americans, we resolve to be better, better people, better citizens because of Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler,” the president said.
Prior to his visit to Arlington Monday morning, the president hosted a breakfast honoring military service organizations at the White House.
The U.S. flag and and the POW/MIA flag are flying at half-staff at the White House Monday.
ANDREW CABALLERO/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump spent part of his Memorial Day weekend supporting veterans at a motorcycle run through the nation's capital.
At the 29th annual Rolling Thunder rally, which supports Vietnam War veterans, Trump complimented the riders with "the most beautiful bikes I've ever seen in my life" and said Memorial Day was "so important."
"It's our day and we have to be very proud of, and we are very proud of it," he said. "And it's an honor to be with you."
He also railed against the Department of Veteran's Affairs, which has been criticized for having long wait times for veterans at its medical facilities.
"If there's a wait, we're going to give the right for those people to go to a private doctor or even a public doctor, and get themselves taken care of, and we're going to pay the bill," he said. "And that should've happened a long time ago."
ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(VISALIA, Calif.) -- Bernie Sanders mocked the presumptive Republican nominee for his recent comments on the drought in California, calling out Donald Trump over his dismissal of climate change.
"You see, we don't fully appreciate the genius of Donald Trump, who knows more than all the people of California, knows more than all the scientists," Sanders told the crowd of more than 5,000 people who braved 92 degree heat to hear the senator speak.
Sanders mentioned Trump's recent campaign stops in the Golden State ahead of the June 7 primary.
"[Trump] knows there is no drought. Not to mention, and I love this one, that Trump has concluded that climate change itself is a hoax," Sanders said.
Last week, the businessman made headlines when he argued the state was not actually suffering from drought.
"There is no drought. They turn the water out into the ocean," Trump declared during an event in the San Joaquin Valley less than an hour from where Sanders spoke Sunday.
The businessman blamed the state's water crisis on environmental policies, although the state has experienced record drought. Last year, California capped its driest four-year period on record and the state imposed emergency water restrictions after extremely low rainfall and snow in 2015.
Looking past his primary challenger, Hillary Clinton, Sanders continued to focus on Trump. He said that "despite Donald Trump's brilliant conclusions," every scientist he had talked to agreed climate change was real and the people of California were well aware of the problems it was causing.
"Together, despite Mr. Trump and his Republican colleagues, we are going to take on the fossil fuel industry. We are going to tell them that their short-term profits are not more important than the future of this planet," the senator added.
Sanders will continue his marathon rally schedule up the state, heading to Frenso and the Bay Area next.
ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- For those who worry that Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will stray from the party’s core ideology, Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso wants to be clear: he won’t.
Sen. Barrasso, who will chair the Republican Platform Committee at the party's convention in Cleveland this summer, said he believes Trump will "embrace" the GOP platform.
What’s still unclear is what that platform will include, as the GOP struggles between traditional party policy and Trump’s key campaign promises.
Chief among those promises is Trump’s temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.
When asked by ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl whether the ban would be part of the platform, Barrasso did not say no.
“It's going to be a conservative platform that's going to be positive, optimistic, looking to the future, focused on things like jobs, the economy, and national security," Barrasso said on "This Week” on Sunday. "And what he was focused on with that ban is national security.”
When pressed, Barrasso deferred to the delegates who will meet in July.
“It's 112 members of the platform committee, and we've asked Donald Trump to allow the process to play out. He has agreed to do that. And I've asked him personally to embrace the platform and I believe he will. National security will be a big part of it,” he said.
On reforming Social Security and Medicare, an issue close to the heart of House Speaker Paul Ryan and other fiscal conservatives, Trump has also stood in contrast to most Republicans, saying he would not touch any entitlement programs.
Barrasso took a harder line against that.
“They need to continue and be reformed and strengthened so they're there for future generations. And I believe that will be part of the Republican platform coming out of the convention,” he said.
But on immigration, the Republican leader said there will be negotiation with Trump, who has campaigned on a strong anti-illegal immigration platform, centered around building a southern border wall and deporting 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
“The platform committee is going to meet on talking about all of these things, and there's going to be agreements with Donald Trump, there's going to be disagreements,” said Barrasso, noting that there may be a “maze” of discussions for the Republican Platform Committee to work through this summer, but the Democrats are going to have to work “through a minefield, which could be explosive.”
“They are deeply divided," he said, but regarding his own party, "I believe we're going to come out of Cleveland united so we can win in November and get the country headed in the right direction.”