Review Category : Poltics

Jorge Ramos: Donald Trump ‘Absolutely’ Gave Order to Eject Me

ABC News(NEW YOARK) — News anchor Jorge Ramos, who works for Univision and Fusion, was thrown out of a press conference with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Iowa Tuesday night after trying to ask questions about immigration.

“You haven’t been called…go back to Univision,” Trump told Ramos before a security guard forcibly removed him. (Ramos later returned and was able to pose questions to Trump).

“We’d love for Mr. Trump to sit down for an in-depth interview with Jorge to talk about the specifics of his proposals,” Isaac Lee, CEO of Fusion — ABC’s sister network — and president of news for Univision, said in a statement.

On Wednesday morning, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked Ramos on Good Morning America about the altercation and what happens next. Below is a Q&A with Ramos, edited for length:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Is this what you were expecting from Trump?

RAMOS: “What I would expect is that I can ask a question as a journalist because that’s our responsibility and I would expect Mr. Trump to answer honestly about what he really wants to do because he hasn’t given us specifics. I saw your show on Sunday. You pushed him on how he’s going to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and he didn’t answer your question and he didn’t answer mine. What I didn’t expect is to be thrown out of a press conference. Never in my life, and I’ve been a journalist for more than 30 years, I’ve been thrown out of a press conference.”

Do you think Trump was directing the security guard to take you out?

“Absolutely. He was in control of the press conference. It is very clear with his body language that he was giving orders and I did wait for my turn. You know how it is in those press conferences. Two reporters before me asked a question and then I said, ‘I have a question on immigration.’ He didn’t say anything. I stood up. I started my question. He didn’t like my question and when he didn’t like my question then he motioned so the one security guard would come where I was and then threw me out of the press conference.”

What happened backstage?

“I waited outside and thanks to our colleagues — and I really emphasize and thank Tom Llamas from ABC — Tom confronted Donald Trump and told him, ‘Come on. I’ve asked questions to President Obama. I’ve asked questions to other leaders. How come Mr. Trump,’ Tom said, ‘you are not allowing him to ask you questions.’ And then my other colleagues also confronted Donald Trump and somebody from his campaign came out of the room and told me if I wanted to come in and ask my question. And I did, of course, I came all the way to Iowa to do that. Remember I tried to have an interview with Donald Trump. He didn’t allow me to have an interview. He published my cell phone and that’s what I wanted to do so I came back and I asked those questions.”

Have you heard from Trump or his team since the incident?

“No, and that’s — I think — as journalists, we have to denounce and espouse the dangerous words and extreme behavior of Donald Trump. No, I didn’t hear anything new. He has to explain how he wants to deport 11 million people. Can you imagine? How’s he going to do that? Is he going to put people in stadiums? We have to denounce that he wants to deny citizenship to children being born here. They’re citizens just like his and it is impossible to build a 1,900-mile wall between Mexico and the United States so that’s the kind of questions that I was asking Mr. Trump and obviously he didn’t give answers.”

How do you respond to critics who say you’re more advocate than a journalist?

“As a journalist you have to take a stand. I think the best journalism happens when you take a stand and when it comes to racism, discrimination, corruption, public life, dictatorship or human rights, as journalists, we are not only required but we are forced to take a stand and clearly when Mr. Trump is talking about immigration in an extreme way, we have to confront him and I think that’s what I did yesterday.”

Do you think Trump will give you an interview now?

“He didn’t want to give me an interview before but right after the interview he said, ‘We’ll talk,’ so let’s see if he keeps his promise. I’m not sure.”

Trump is topping the polls. What does that say to you?

“It says it’s very clear that there are many Americans who think what Donald Trump is saying is right, that they support him. That’s exactly what’s happening. He continues to say that he’s winning the Hispanic vote. That is not true. 75 percent of Latinos have a negative image of him. However, as a journalist, I have to admit that as a journalist I’m still surprised. But the fact is that millions of Americans believe what Donald Trump is saying and millions of Americans are supporting him. That’s the only way to explain the polls.”

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Report: Pentagon Investigating Accuracy of Analysis in ISIS Fight

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Are American policymakers and the public getting an accurate picture of the fight against Islamic State terrorists? It’s a question that Pentagon investigators have reportedly begun to ask.

Citing officials familiar with the matter, The New York Times reports that the Pentagon’s inspector general wants to know whether military officials have been giving an inaccurate and overly optimistic view of the fight against ISIS.

The officials told the Times that the investigation began “after at least one civilian Defense Intelligence Agency analyst told the authorities that he had evidence that officials at United States Central Command — the military headquarters overseeing the American bombing campaign and other efforts against the Islamic State — were improperly reworking the conclusions of intelligence assessments prepared for policy makers, including President Obama,” the newspaper said.

Critics of the fight against the militant group say that the U.S.-led bombing campaign may not be enough, noting that ISIS has now extended its reach into North Africa and Central Asia.

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Why an Anti-Chris Christie PAC Is Saying Mission Accomplished

ABC/Randy Sager(WASHINGTON) — Chris Christie is still in the race for president, but an anti-Chris Christie PAC is declaring mission accomplished.

The fundraising group, dubbed “Stop Chris Christie PAC,” was set up last November to stop the New Jersey governor and GOP candidate from becoming the next president and it has announced it will shut down.

In an email sent to Federal Election Commission officials and posted to the PACs Facebook page Tuesday, “Stop Chris Christie” Treasurer Tom Bjorklund writes the PAC is shutting down based on recent polling and the “miserable showing” of the Christie campaign in this presidential race.

“Our committee believes that Mr. Christie has already performed the service of stopping his campaign in spirit, (without our aid) even if not by the letter of the law,” Bjorklund writes. “Therefore, we intend to stop (cause to come to an end) the Stop Chris Christie PAC within the next 30 days.”

Two national polls by Fox News and CNN after the first debate show Christie stalled at three percent support.

Because the PAC was not affiliated with Chris Christie but included Chris Christie in its name, the FEC told the fundraising group in mid-July to remove Christie’s name from the PAC or face “enforcement action against the committee.” Still, Bjorkland wrote that the PAC’s demise was not in response to that FEC request.

“It doesn’t look like we are in any danger of having a Chris Christie presidency,” Bjorkland told ABC News. “We really didn’t do much with it because we wanted to wait until the campaign got going. We thought we would have it ready.”

Christie’s campaign declined to comment.

The PAC, which was created by former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo before Christie announced his decision to run for president, says it will shut down the Chris Christie PAC within the next 30 days.

“Considering the fact that Christie’s campaign is in a death spiral, we see no need to expend the energy to reconstruct the PAC,” Tancredo told ABC News in a statement.

The fundraising group has raised $50 and spent $8 so far during the 2016 election cycle, according to FEC records.

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Why Donald Trump May Be Running Out of Time to Rule Out Third-Party Bid

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The clock is ticking on the possibility of a Donald Trump independent presidential bid.

The real estate mogul previously made headlines at the first GOP debate after saying he would not necessarily support the eventual Republican nominee, leaving the door open to a third-party run.

Trump didn’t say when he would decide, but now it looks like he may need to make up his mind soon if he wants to compete in the crucial South Carolina primary.

South Carolina, traditionally the third state to hold a nominating contest, is requiring every GOP candidate to pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee if they want to appear on the state’s primary ballot. The deadline to file the paperwork is Sept. 30.

It’s possible, of course, that Trump refuses to rule out a third party bid and skips the South Carolina primary, but such a move would be unprecedented.

The state’s Republican Party chairman, Matt Moore, says the state party has been in contact with the Trump campaign, and has not yet received any pushback.

“We’ve been communicating since June with the Trump campaign and have not heard anything negative,” Moore said. “At last check they were getting ready to possibly send the check in and file.”

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Taking the pledge would be a reversal for Trump, who has suggested a possible run as an independent candidate if he does not receive the Republican nomination.

Moore declined to say whether the pledge would be legally enforceable, but noted the party “would seek legal and other remedies to hold a candidate accountable for violating the pledge, including taking it to the court of public opinion.”

“We changed this form in early June to match existing South Carolina filing forms,” Moore said. “Candidates for state and local office sign a very similar pledge.”

The 2011 South Carolina filing form for the Republican presidential primary did not include the third party pledge, according to Moore.

Moore said four Republican candidates — Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, John Kasich and Marco Rubio — have already filed using this form, and Scott Walker and Ted Cruz plan to file this week.

South Carolina isn’t the only state where Trump may face a roadblock.

David D’Onofrio from the Virginia Republican Party told ABC News they are considering a mandatory pledge that candidates don’t mount third party bid, but a decision won’t be made until mid-September.

Brent Leatherwood, who leads the Tennessee Republican Party, told ABC News “all options are on the table” since the rules aren’t finalized yet.

And North Carolina officials are in talks with lawyers about how they could implement a third-party ban, according to Politico.

The head of the West Virginia GOP, Matt Dailer, said his state party has no intention of making a third-party pledge a requirement to appear on its primary ballot, but noted that its members are free to propose the idea.

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State Department Watchdog Says Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Used Personal Email for Official Business

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is embroiled in political controversy centered around her use of a private email server for official business, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy is also being accused of a similar offense.

The State Department Inspector General posted a report online Tuesday that says, in part, that Kennedy has used her private email to handle information marked “Sensitive but Unclassified” while serving as America’s top diplomat in Japan.

After receiving reports concerning the use of private email, the Office of the Inspector General “conducted a review and confirmed that senior embassy staff, including the Ambassador, used personal email accounts to send and receive messages containing official business,” the report states. It goes on to say that some emails were “labeled Sensitive but Unclassified.”

State Department Spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday that the practice of sending “Sensitive but Unclassified” information on private email is strongly discouraged, but not forbidden outright.

“We’ve seen no indication that Ambassador Kennedy violated any department policy with respect to her email practices and she … continues to use a government e-mail account for her official business,” Kirby said today.

The report also provides an explanation of the risks that come with using a commercial account.

“Such risks include data loss, hacking, phishing, and spoofing of email accounts, as well as inadequate protections for personally identifiable information,” the report says.

Kirby also noted that the report was focused on an overall review of the U.S. embassy in Japan, not solely the use of Ambassador Kennedy’s email.

Kennedy is the daughter of late President John F. Kennedy.

The Inspector General of the Intelligence Community — a federation of the 17 government agencies that conduct intelligence activities — has said that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a private email server to handle classified information. Kennedy is only said to be dealing in Sensitive but Unclassified material.

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John Kasich Scores High-Profile Endorsement

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — John Kasich just got a boost in the South.

The Kasich campaign announced Tuesday morning that former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, has endorsed Kasich and will serve as a national co-chair of his presidential campaign.

It’s the second major endorsement for the Ohio governor in as many weeks. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, endorsed Kasich last week.

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Back on the Trail: Trump Ramps Up Twitter Attacks on Megyn Kelly and Jeb Bush

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail Tuesday — one day after he launched a new Twitter attack on Fox News’ Megyn Kelly just as she returned to her show from vacation.
Trump went after Kelly in a series of tweets Monday night, saying that he “liked The Kelly File much better without [Megyn Kelly]. Perhaps she could take another eleven-day unscheduled vacation.”
He later said Kelly was “off her game,” and “must have had a terrible vacation” because the Fox host “was afraid to confront Dr. Cornel West.”
Trump, whose campaign has become synonymous with controversy, also did some retweeting Monday night, including one tweet in which a supporter called Kelly a “bimbo.”
Trump continued his Twitter tirade, taunting fellow GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush in response to Bush’s trip Monday to a border town in Texas, where the former Florida governor defended his use of the term “anchor baby.”
Bush said he used the term referring to “organized efforts and frankly, it’s more related to Asian people coming into our country, having children in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept — birthright citizenship.” Bush was referring to birth tourism, without fully explaining the concept.
Trump later tweeted: “In a clumsy move to get out of his ‘anchor babies’ dilemma, where he signed that he would not use the term and now uses it, he blamed ASIANS.”
“Asians are very offended that JEB said that anchor babies applies to them as a way to be more politically correct to hispanics. A mess!” Trump continued.
He also called Jeb Bush a “nice person,” but said he “doesn’t have the energy or capacity to make our country great again!”
Meanwhile, Trump appeared on Fox News Monday night as Wall Street was still reeling from a big day of losses that many link to the falling markets in China.
Speaking to Fox News, Trump said he would not host the Chinese president if he was in the White House adding, “I’d get him a McDonald’s hamburger.”
Trump hits the trail Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa, where he’ll hold an evening rally.
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How Scott Walker’s Bargain Hunting at Kohl’s Informs His Economic Policy

Darren Hauck/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Scott Walker likes to wear inexpensive clothes.

It’s a fact the Republican presidential candidate quite literally wears with pride, pointing out on one occasion that he was wearing a sweater that was purchased for just $1 at Kohl’s department store. Another time, he took to Twitter to brag about the slashed price on a tie — also purchased at Kohl’s — that he wore for a nationally televised interview.

Walker brings up the topic of Kohl’s with such frequency that it’s almost as if he’s become a living, breathing advertisement for the Wisconsin-based bargain retailer. And if you’ve listened to him give his standard campaign stump speech, chances are you’ve heard his Kohl’s story — perhaps more than once.

“Some of you know that Tonette and I like to shop at Kohl’s,” Walker says, easing into the story of how he became a Kohl’s-convert through his wife, who frequents the retailer with her family several times a month.

Early on in their marriage, Tonette reprimanded her husband for purchasing something Kohl’s at full price, Walker has said. It was an error he made only once. He has since gone on to become a Kohl’s cash-carrying, scratch-off coupon evangelist in his own right.

Walker’s telling of the Kohl’s shopping experience climaxes with him and Tonette at the cash register, prepared to buy an already marked down shirt with an extra discount, thanks to a scratch-off coupon. But the savings don’t stop there.

“As the clerk is ringing it up, Tonette swoops into her purse and pulls out some of that Kohl’s cash,” Walker says, scanning the audience for reaction.

When the story goes over well, at least one audience member will visibly react, providing Walker with an opening to connect with a fellow Kohl’s enthusiast. “You know what I’m talking about,” Walker replies, pointing to the audience member.

“Next thing you know, they’re paying me to buy the shirt,” Walker says in a surprised tone. ”Well, not really, but it seems like it, right?”

Walker uses the story to pivot into a discussion on fiscal policy, weaving the Kohl’s business model into the fabric of his own politics.

“That’s what I think about your money, the taxpayers’ money,” Walker says. “The government can charge you a higher rate and some of us could afford it. If you lower the rate, broaden the base, we expand the volume of people who can participate in the economy.”

It all rides on a Reagan-era tax strategy that Walker has taken the liberty of renaming to fit into his Kohl’s brand.

“Back then we used to call it the Laffer curve. Today, I call it the Kohl’s curve,” Walker tells audiences.

“I believe you can spend your money far better than the federal government, when we do, the economy will get a whole lot better,” he continues.

It’s a volume-based, frugal-minded approach to taxing and spending that Walker hopes will find appeal among middle- and working-class voters with an eye toward their pocketbooks.

After all, it’s the same strategy that his wife Tonette has been applying for years — pre-dating her politically aspiring husband — to balance her pocketbook.

“Tonette shopped there long before we were married,” Walker told ABC News.

“People now come up to us at events and show us their Kohl’s cash or their 30 percent off coupons,” Walker said. “It is very funny.”

While Walker’s passion for Kohl’s is unrivaled among the field of Republican presidential candidates, it remains to be seen if he can convert the Kohl’s cash-carrying bargain shoppers he connects with on the trail into voters at the ballot box.

Walker has recently slipped in the polls in the all-important first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, a state in which he had maintained a solid lead for the better of 2015. Iowa is seen as a must-win state for Walker, who is the governor of a neighboring state.

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Hunter Biden Denies Ashley Madison Account Under His Name Belongs to Him

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Town & Country(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden says the profile that uses his email address on the hacked “cheating” website Ashley Madison does not belong to him.

“I am certain that the account in question is not mine,” Hunter Biden said in a statement provided to ABC News. “This account was clearly set up by someone else without my knowledge.”

News of the account registered to an email address belonging to Hunter Biden was first reported Monday by Breitbart News and comes as the vice president is weighing a 2016 White House bid.

The website connects married or committed people looking to have an affair.

Hunter Biden, 45, says he first learned about the account registered to his name “from the media” and that he no longer uses the email address that was linked to the profile after he became aware that the address may have been compromised.

“This is, unfortunately, not the first time that someone has used my name and identity to try to discredit me,” he said in the statement.

“From my understanding through press accounts, it is very easy to set up an account without someone’s knowledge as there is no requirement that an email address be verified and I am certain that is what happened in this case,” the vice president’s son continued.

A screenshot of the account profile taken by Breitbart shows that whoever created the profile under Hunter Biden’s name got a key detail wrong: his birthday.

The birth date listed on the account is off by 10 years. The profile lists Biden’s birth date as Feb. 4, 1980, but his actual birth date is Feb. 4, 1970.

The screenshot also indicates that the account was last used in June 2014 and shows a credit card charge to a “Robert Biden.” Biden’s full name is Robert Hunter Biden, though he typically goes by Hunter.

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Jeb Bush Says ‘Anchor Babies’ Comment Was ‘More Related to Asians’

ABC News(MCALLEN, Texas) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has ignited a firestorm once again — saying his use of the controversial term “anchor babies” is “more related to Asian people.”

Bush, who traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday, has refused to back down from using the term, a derogatory phrase used to refer to the children of undocumented immigrants born on American soil. Both he and Donald Trump have drawn fire for the usage.

At a campaign event in McAllen, Texas Monday, Bush was asked repeatedly by both the English and Spanish-language press about his usage of the term “anchor babies” in a radio interview last week.

He has defended the term and tried to clarify, saying that it is “ludicrous” that anyone says his usage of “anchor babies” is derogatory. He also added that he was actually referring to the “birth tourism” industry.

“What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there’s organized efforts — and frankly it’s more related to Asian people — coming into our country, and having children, in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept, which is birthright citizenship,” said Bush, adding, “I support the 14th amendment.”

Bush, whose immigration policy advocates legal status for undocumented immigrants, says that he is “immersed” in the immigrant experience, adding in Spanish, “I am proudly married to a Mexican-American woman, my children are Hispanic. I have been involved in Hispanic life.”

Bush’s statement has already been seized on by staff for his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee.

“This latest comment from Bush shows just how out of touch he is,” said K.J. Bagchi, the DNC’s Director of Asian American and Pacific Islander Engagement. “The only thing worse than Jeb Bush’s words about immigrant families may be his policies towards them.”

Campaign spokeswoman Kristy Campbell told ABC News in a statement:

“Governor Bush was highlighting that “birth tourism” is a well-reported serious and growing problem, one that the Department of Homeland Security has been grappling with addressing,” she said in a statement.

“The next President must have a plan to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws. Governor Bush is the only candidate in the entire presidential field who has presented a serious, conservative, comprehensive reform agenda to fix our broken immigration system.”

This event was supposed to be safe territory for Bush, long a proponent for broad immigration reform. This comes after a week of coming under fire for his repeated usage of the phrase and, after trading barbs with Trump, who also made a trip to the border last month.

Earlier Monday, Trump told Fox and Friends, “I think it’s great he’s going to the border, I think he’ll … find out it’s not an act of love.”

Bush responded to Trump on Monday saying that Trump’s plan to build a wall and end birthright citizenship just isn’t realistic.

“Mr. Trump’s plans are not grounded on conservative principles, they would cost hundreds of billions of dollars,” he said, adding “it will cost hundreds of billions of dollars, it will violate people’s civil liberties.”

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