Jun 21, 2016 8:09 PM

The Latest: Trump calls Clinton campaign funds 'blood money'

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times EDT):

7 p.m.

Donald Trump is suggesting that Hillary Clinton's commanding fundraising lead is attributable to the "blood money" she has raised.

Trump told CBS News on Tuesday that when Clinton raises money, "She is making deals, saying: 'Can I be the ambassador to this, can I do that? Make sure my business is being taken care of.'"

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee continued, "I mean, gimme a break all of the money she is raising is blood money."

The Trump campaign reporting having just $1.3 million in cash on hand at the start of June, more than $41 million behind Clinton, his likely general election opponent.

His campaign has downplayed the fundraising gap, but Trump told CBS he doesn't want to "devote the rest of my life to raising money from people."

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6:50 p.m.

Donald Trump is defending himself against Hillary Clinton's accusations that he is hypocritical for criticizing companies for outsourcing jobs even though some of his own products are manufactured overseas.

Trump said Tuesday in an interview with ABC News that he "says all the time" that he manufactures some of his branded products overseas, including ties made in China. He said, though, that his trademark "Make America Great Again" hats are manufactured in the U.S.

Clinton repeatedly attacked Trump earlier Tuesday for how he ran his businesses, suggesting he couldn't be trusted to run the nation's economy.

Trump acknowledged he had used corporate bankruptcy, boasting that he "brilliantly" used the country's laws to further his wealth.

He also repeated his "hope" that he'd be able to release his tax returns by election day; he said an audit has delayed their release.

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4 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump appeared to question likely rival Hillary Clinton's religious commitment at a closed-door meeting in New York with evangelical leaders.

The presumptive GOP nominee says in a video clip of his remarks Tuesday that Clinton has "been in public eye for years and years, and yet there's no, there's nothing out there" when it comes to her religion.

A spokeswoman for his campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Footage of Trump speaking was posted on Twitter by an attendee.

Clinton doesn't often talk about her faith on the campaign trail, but was raised Methodist and occasionally quotes biblical verses and mentions her experiences in church.

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3:35 p.m.

A $35,000 payment for "web advertising" in Donald Trump's most recent campaign finance filings is turning heads because of the firm's pop culturally relevant name: Draper Sterling.

"Draper" and "Sterling" are the last names of two characters in the television show Mad Men, a fictional drama about a 1950s advertising firm called Sterling Cooper. Records show Trump's campaign paid Draper Sterling $35,000 in late April, but few details are available about the company and what services it provided for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's campaign.

The company is registered to a man named Jon Adkins at an address in Londonderry, New Hampshire, state business filings show. Adkins did not answer calls and an email Tuesday, and Trump's campaign didn't immediately comment on the services Draper Sterling provided.

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1:25 p.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he agrees that delegates to the Republican national convention should be free to vote their conscience, even if that means not supporting presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

Walker is a former presidential candidate and a delegate to the convention next month. Walker told reporters Tuesday he will follow Wisconsin Republican Party rules and cast his ballot for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the first round because Cruz won the state primary.

But Walker says he thinks House Speaker Paul Ryan is "legitimate" in saying delegates should be free to vote their conscience.

Walker says "delegates are and should be able to vote the way they see fit."

Walker supported Cruz in Wisconsin's primary, then endorsed Trump when he became the presumptive nominee, but has been wavering in his support in recent weeks.

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1 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is going after Donald Trump's business record, casting the businessman as little more than a con artist.

Trump, she says, has defrauded his customers and failed to pay his contractors and other partners including small businesses what they are owed. She's comparing his campaign promises to those he made to students at Trump University, currently being sued for fraud.

"The same people he's trying to get to vote for him now are people he's been exploiting for years," she says.

She's also highlighting his numerous bankruptcies, including his Atlantic City casinos. "He's written a lot of books about his businesses. They all seem to end at chapter 11," she says in an allusion to the well-known section of the U.S. bankruptcy code.

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12:55 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump is live-tweeting Democrat Hillary Clinton's speech hitting his economic policies and business practices.

In one tweet, he writes, "How can Hillary run the economy when she can't even send emails without putting entire nation at risk?"

In that one, he appears to be referring to Clinton blending her personal and official emails on a homebrew server in her house, while she was secretary of state.

Trump also was tweeting retorts on immigration, trade and Clinton's judgment.

He says he'll be making a speech on Wednesday to discuss Clinton's "failed policies and bad judgment."

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12:35 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is using Donald Trump's own statements to undercut his economic credentials.

She's citing remarks he made that the U.S. could sell off assets, default on its debt and that wages are too high. She also repeated a comment he made that pregnant employees are an "inconvenience."

Clinton says markets "rise and fall" based on comments made by presidential candidates. Suggesting the United States could default on its debt could cause a "global panic," she adds.

Clinton says: "We can't let these loose, careless remarks get any credence in our electorate and around the world."

Clinton is campaigning in Columbus, Ohio.

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12:30 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says GOP rival Donald Trump would send the U.S. economy back into recession.

She says economists of all political ideologies agree that "Trump's ideas would be disastrous." She is citing opposition to his candidacy from both 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Those hit the hardest by his plans, she says, are the same Americans who faced the toughest fight to recover from the 2008 recession.

Clinton added: "Just like he shouldn't have his finger on the button, he shouldn't have his hands on our economy."

Clinton is campaigning in Columbus, Ohio.

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11:34 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump is playing down his lousy May fundraising numbers, insisting that June's report will be better.

Campaign officials say in a statement Tuesday that June marked the campaign's first full month of fundraising activity.

They say that activity will be reflected in the campaign's next federal fundraising report.

They also say fundraising "has been incredible" and insist that they "continue to see a tremendous outpouring of support for Mr. Trump and money to the Republican Party."

Trump is facing a serious fundraising disadvantage against likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Donors gave Trump's campaign about $3 million in May, even though he enjoyed presumptive nominee status for almost the entire month. By contrast, Clinton raised $26 million.

Trump says he could have plenty of cash in the bank if he simply put more of his own funds into the campaign.

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11:20 a.m.

Donald Trump is making his first direct email pitch for campaign donations. He is vowing to match up to $2 million in contributions.

The billionaire businessman had largely funded his Republican presidential primary campaign with his own money, lending about $46 million over the past year. As a general election candidate, he has been raising money from donors and is falling far behind likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Fundraising reports show his campaign began June with about $1.3 million in the bank, compared to the $42 million Clinton's campaign had on hand.

"This is the first fundraising email I have ever sent on behalf of my campaign," Trump wrote. "That's right. THE FIRST ONE." He said in the email Tuesday that his offer to match up to $2 million in donations could "help make history."

Trump has also purchased ad space on Facebook to make a similar appeal. He says he wants "to beat Crooked Hillary," but "I need your help to do so."

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9:55 a.m.

Hillary Clinton will meet Wednesday with House Democrats, her first session with them since becoming the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

A Democratic aide said Clinton was invited by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., another member of the House Democratic leadership. Becerra is among those who've been mentioned as a possible running mate with Clinton.

The aide said Clinton was expected to discuss how she expects her campaign to unfold and her agenda. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to describe the meeting publicly.

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, plans to meet July 7 with House GOP lawmakers.

Clinton's reception from congressional Democrats has been far warmer than the decidedly mixed relationship that Trump has had with Republicans in Congress.

The meeting was first reported by Politico.

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7:10 a.m.

Presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is brushing aside questions about a large cash-on-hand disparity with Democrat Hillary Clinton while complaining he isn't getting enough support in his own party.

Trump tells NBC's "Today" show he's "having more difficulty with some people in the party than I have with Democrats."

Together, Trump and the Republican National Committee brought in about $18.6 million in May, including another loan from the candidate. Clinton and the Democratic National Committee raised more than double that. His campaign started June with $1.3 million in the bank; hers, with $42 million.

Asked about this Tuesday, Trump that "I understand money better than anybody and I understand it way better than Hillary."

"I've raised a lot of money but you also have to have some help from the party," he said.

Trump said he spent $55 million of "my own money" during the primary season and said he may do it again in the general election, "but it would be nice to have some help from the party." He said Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus "has been terrific" but he needs more help from other GOP leaders.

"I can just go my own route," he said on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends."

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4:15 a.m.

Donald Trump's decision to fire his embattled campaign manager less than a month before the Republican convention sent a powerful signal to weary GOP leaders that the billionaire businessman recognizes the increasingly dire state of his presidential campaign.

Now, his party is looking for him to quickly implement other changes to mount a credible challenge to Hillary Clinton.

Many Republicans feel he has squandered the precious weeks since locking up the nomination. On the campaign trail, he appears stuck in a primary campaign he's already won.

Aides hope Lewandowski's departure will bring an end to the infighting that has plagued the campaign since Trump hired strategist Paul Manafort in March to help secure delegates ahead of the convention. Since then, the campaign's rival factions have been jockeying for power.

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