The Latest: Clinton says Trump wrong to 'insult' MI pastor


September 16, 2016 12:45AM (UTC)

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

4:28 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump was wrong to criticize a Michigan pastor who interrupted him Wednesday as he spoke at her church.

The Republican nominee said Thursday morning in an interview on Fox News Channel that the Rev. Faith Green Timmons "was like a nervous mess" when she introduced him.

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Speaking after a campaign event in North Carolina later, Clinton said: "That's not only insulting, it's dead wrong."

The Democratic presidential nominee said the pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church in Flint has been "a rock for her community in trying times."

Trump began his remarks on Wednesday at the church by paying tribute to the resiliency of the people of Flint, who are grappling with a contaminated public water system.

Timmons calmly cut him off when he moved on to criticize Clinton, saying: "Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we've done in Flint, not give a political speech."

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4:00 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she'll never be as flashy as rival Donald Trump. And that's ok, says the Democratic nominee.

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Clinton is pointing to Trump's Thursday interview about his health on the Dr. Oz talk show as evidence of what she calls his "showman" tendencies.

Clinton says she focuses intensely on policy details — a trait she argues should be important to a president.

"Like a lot of women, I have a tenancy to over prepare," she says. "I sweat the details."

Clinton is delivering a speech about her commitment to helping children and families in North Carolina. She's back on the campaign trail after three days recovering from pneumonia in her suburban New York home.

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3:55 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she used her time recovering from pneumonia to reflect on her plans for the country.

Clinton said that having three days in her suburban New York home was a "gift." The Democratic presidential nominee said she spoke to old friends, played with her dogs and thought about the direction she wanted to take the United States.

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She said: "Even I had to admit maybe some rest would do me good."

Clinton made her remarks in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she was speaking about her commitment to helping children and families.

Clinton was making her debut appearance back on the campaign trail after a video showed her stumbling leaving a 9/11 memorial service on Sunday. Her campaign revealed she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.

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3:50 p.m.

Donald Trump's running mate is meeting with the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence met Thursday with Archbishop Demetrios of America in the church's ornate headquarters near Central Park in New York City.

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Father Alexander Karloutsos began the meeting by talking about how the only church destroyed in the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center was Greek Orthodox.

Work is continuing to replace the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

The archbishop posed for pictures with Pence, his wife Karen and daughter Charlotte before the meeting was closed.

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3:25 p.m.

Tim Kaine is suggesting that Donald Trump's view of America is elitist.

Addressing a Democratic organizing event in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Thursday, the Democratic vice presidential nominee referred to Trump's 2015 book "Crippled America." It criticizes the direction of the country under Democratic leadership.

Kaine frequently blasts the book, saying it doesn't strike the positive tone of "Stronger Together," which he co-authored with running mate Hillary Clinton.

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Kaine describes Trump as out-of-touch, saying the billionaire businessman's philosophy is "a view out of the penthouse of a tall tower." He continued: "I do not recognize this picture of our country. This is not who we are."

Clinton herself has faced criticism for being elitist after suggesting half of Trump supporters belong in a "basket of deplorables."

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2:52 p.m.

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The Anti-Defamation League is calling on Thursday for Donald Trump's oldest son to apologize for making what appeared to be a Holocaust-themed joke.

In an interview with a Philadelphia radio station on Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. accused the Democrats of rigging their primary system.

"If Republicans were doing that, they'd be warming up the gas chamber right now," he said.

The ADL, an international anti-Semitism organization, tweeted Thursday that "trivialization of the Holocaust and gas chamber is NEVER ok."

The group then tweeted that its members hoped Trump Jr. understood the "insensitivity and hurt" caused by his joke and asked for an apology.

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

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2:40 p.m.

Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman is calling on Donald Trump to provide more information about his foreign business investments.

In a call with reporters Thursday, John Podesta cited a report in Newsweek about the Trump organization's foreign ties. He argued that the business dealings could influence Trump's judgment in national security matters.

Podesta said this information was not included in Trump's financial disclosures. He called on Trump to disclose his foreign business investments, pledge to divest from the Trump organization if he wins the presidency and to release his tax returns.

Podesta said it is "simply appalling that we don't know more about the depths in foreign business dealings of the man running to be president."

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1:46 p.m.

Tim Kaine is decrying Donald Trump's proposed child care plan as outdated, saying it could discourage employers from hiring women.

Addressing a forum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Thursday, the Virginia senator said the plan Trump recently unveiled has "kind of has a 1990s feel to it. It's not 2016."

Kaine and running mate Hillary Clinton are promising 12 weeks of maternity leave for all employees. He said: "We treat everybody exactly the same, so there's no disincentive to hire women rather than men."

The Democratic vice presidential candidate said Trump's plan, by contrast, offers six weeks of maternity leave just to women, which Kaine claimed could make women less desirable to potential employers.

Kaine said that, today, men often take leave to care for children as much as women.

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1:30 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she is "doing great" as she returns to the campaign trail after recovering from pneumonia.

The Democratic presidential nominee spoke briefly with reporters on her campaign plane Thursday as she headed to an event in Greensboro, North Carolina.

She did not take detailed questions, though was expected to do so later in the day.

Clinton hasn't campaigned since she became dizzy and dehydrated during a 9/11 memorial service in New York on Sunday. Her campaign later acknowledged that Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.

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12:50 p.m.

Donald Trump is spelling out for the first time how much his plans for America's economy would cost if he's elected to the White House.

Trump says that his tax cut would cost $4.4 trillion over 10 years, including the childcare plan he announced this week.

But he says the cost would be compensated by economic growth, as well as an infusion of new money from trade, energy and regulatory reforms.

Trump also said he can save almost $1 trillion over the next decade by saving one penny from every dollar of federal spending on programs, excluding defense and entitlement programs.

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12:35 p.m.

Donald Trump is laying out plans to dramatically scale back government regulations, including food safety and environmental measures.

Trump says he wants to eliminate the "Waters of The United States" rule aimed at protecting the America's waterways, and scrap the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which sets limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

He also wants to limit the scope of what his campaign dubbed "The FDA Food Police," which oversees food safety.

Trump has said he does not believe in climate change science.

The Republican presidential nominee outlined his plans in a speech to the Economic Club of New York in Manhattan.

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12:05 p.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he released his tax returns and "I think we should" do so. But he said he'll defer to Donald Trump on timing.

Ryan was the Republican nominee for vice president in 2012 and released his tax returns at that time.

He made his comments in response to questions about Trump's tax returns at a news conference Thursday. Trump says he won't release his taxes while he is being audited.

Ryan said: "I released mine. I think we should release ours. I'll leave it to him when to do it."

Ryan also reiterated that he views Trump as qualified to be president.

He said: "Donald Trump won the nomination. Having a business guy as president is not the worst idea in the world, I'll say that."

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11:50 a.m.

Donald Trump is unveiling his economic plan on Thursday, one that promises to lower taxes, cut regulation and create job growth.

But critics have warned such proposals would stifle the U.S. economy, adding trillions in debt.

The Republican presidential nominee is set to unveil the plan in a speech to the Economic Club of New York. He vows to boost America's economy by 3.5 percent — which is well above current projections — and create 25 million jobs.

The heart of his plan is a revised tax code, which includes a pledge that no business should pay more than 15 percent of its income in taxes, a major drop from the current 35 percent corporate tax rate.

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