The Latest: Trump jokes about taking a pay cut if president

September 16, 2016 7:45AM (UTC)

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

11:37 p.m.

Donald Trump is joking that he is "looking to make a lot less money" in changing jobs to become president.

The billionaire businessman engaged in a relaxed banter with the host of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" during his appearance Thursday night.


When Fallon asked if Trump had ever played the board game Sorry, Trump quipped that he preferred Monopoly.

When Fallon asked about getting sick, Trump knocked on Fallon's wooden desk and praised his good fortune in staying healthy. The health of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, has been in the news since she announced she had suffered recently from pneumonia.

And when Fallon thanked Trump for providing comic fodder, the Republican nominee said he was "not trying to" say outrageous things.


11:35 p.m.

Donald Trump says he thinks his first debate with Hillary Clinton should forgo a moderator because he's afraid that his foes are "trying to game the system" by pressuring NBC's Lester Holt to be tough on him.

Appearing Thursday night on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," Trump suggests that the criticism drawn by Matt Lauer for his stint as host of a televised forum earlier this month will lead Holt to be tougher on him than Clinton.


Lauer's performance has been widely panned as easy on Trump and tough on Clinton.


11 p.m.

Donald Trump's campaign says the Republican presidential candidate now believes President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

The campaign statement Thursday night follows an interview published by The Washington Post in which Trump declined to say whether he believes Obama was born in Hawaii.

Trump helped fuel the rise of the "birther" movement, which claimed Obama was born outside the U.S. and thus ineligible to be president.

The statement from Trump spokesman Jason Miller accuses Clinton of launching the birther movement during her unsuccessful primary run against Obama in 2008.


Miller says Trump ended the "ugly incident" by compelling Obama to release his birth certificate.


9:15 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is ripping into rival Donald Trump for declining to say President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

Trump said in an interview published Thursday by The Washington Post that he would "answer that question at the right time. I just don't want to answer it yet."


Clinton is telling the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute that Trump "still wouldn't say Hawaii. He still wouldn't say America."

She asks: "This man wants to be our next president? When will he stop this ugliness, this bigotry?"


9 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she thinks "a taco truck on every corner sounds absolutely delicious."


She is pushing back against a "Latinos for Trump" founder who warned that an out-of-control immigration system would lead to "taco trucks on every corner" in the United States.

The Democratic presidential nominee is speaking at a gala of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. President Barack Obama also addressed the crowd.

Clinton is pledging to introduce a comprehensive immigration overhaul in her first 100 days if elected president. And she says she hopes to tell Republicans that "the party of Lincoln is better than Donald Trump."



8:35 p.m.

Donald Trump says his children can handle the negative attention generated by series of controversial comments they've made in recent interviews.

Trump told a crowd in Laconia, New Hampshire, Thursday that, "the press likes to hit them," adding, "And they're such good kids."

Trump's son, Donald Jr., made what some took as a Holocaust-themed joke in an interview with a Philadelphia radio station on Wednesday, referring to "warming up the gas chamber."


He also told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that it would be unwise for his father to release his tax returns because it would "distract" from his father's "main message."

His daughter, Ivanka, usually an asset, also drew attention after a contentious interview with Cosmpolitan magazine.

Trump says his kids "can take it."



8:20 p.m.

President Barack Obama is telling Hispanic leaders that it's important to push back against the bluster of political candidates urging tougher immigration policies this election season.

Obama is speaking at an awards gala in Washington before Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton takes the stage.

He says the talk around immigration is a "little meaner, a little uglier" this fall. He says the nation needs a solution on immigration that works for families and businesses.


Obama says the next president won't be able to do it alone, "no matter how tough she is."


8:00 p.m.

Donald Trump is bragging about leaving his traveling press corps behind.

When the Republican nominee took the stage in Laconia, New Hampshire Thursday night the reporters who follow him from city to city were still in the air arriving from New York City.

Unlike Hillary Clinton, Trump does not travel on the same plane as the press and departed New York first after taping The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Trump boasted to the crowd that "the press can't get here. I love it."

He then said he was asked by his staff to wait - and he refused.

"Absolutely not," he said.

Trump was speaking for about 25 minutes before the traveling press arrived.


6:55 p.m.

Donald Trump's famous hair is being wildly mussed up on national television.

When Trump appeared Thursday for a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," the talk-show host closed his interview by asking if he could do one silly thing with Trump since he could be president the next time he appears on the show.

Fallon then asked to mess up Trump's hair — and, after pondering it for a moment, the Republican nominee agreed.

Fallon sent Trump's locks flying out of control in every direction.

Though Trump is known for being sensitive about his hair, he smiled throughout. But press pool photographers were prohibited from taking a photo of the Republican candidate after the taping.

Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, is slated to appear with Fallon on Monday.


4:59 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says the success of a deal for a cease fire in war-torn Syria is largely "up to the Russians."

The deal hammered out last week by Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is designed to pause the Syrian civil war long enough for the two powers to focus their airstrikes on Islamic extremists taking advantage of the chaos in Syria.

The deal calls for Russia to persuade Syrian President Bashar Assad to stop shelling rebel-held areas and allow humanitarian aid to go in.

Only then would the U.S. and Russia combine to strike Islamic State and al-Qaida-linked militants. Some in the Obama administration are skeptical the Russians will hold up their end of the deal.

The Democratic nominee says it's up to Russian President Vladimir Putin to bring the conflict to the point where there can be political discussions about ending the brutal civil war.


4:40 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says that lots of people "power through" when they get sick, and that's what she thought she would do, too.

The Democratic nominee says she made the decision to keep campaigning even after receiving a diagnosis of pneumonia in part because she wanted to attend Sunday's 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York.

Clinton was a senator from New York when terrorists struck the World Trade Center towers in lower Manhattan in 2001. She tells reporters at a press conference in North Carolina that she considers the annual memorial service at ground zero "a sacred moment."

Clinton fell ill at the ceremony, and needed the help of staff to stand up as she waited to depart the event. Her campaign later said she had pneumonia, and Clinton took the start of this week off to rest.

Her first day back on the campaign trail was Thursday, where she hosted in rally in Greensboro.


4:42 p.m.

Back on the campaign trail in North Carolina, Hillary Clinton tells reporters that she's always said that her bid for the White House was "going to be a tight race."

The Democratic nominee says, "Those are the kinds of presidential elections we have in America."

Clinton took questions from reporters after her Thursday afternoon campaign rally. It was her first public event since taking a few days off to recover from a bout of pneumonia.

Clinton says her election against Republican nominee Donald Trump will be decided by who registers to vote, and which campaign is able to motivate those who do to cast a ballot.

Clinton's campaign has spent months building an extensive get-out-the-vote operation, and she says her team is working hard "every day to turn out every voter we possibly can."


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.

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."


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.

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 tendency 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.


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.

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.


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.

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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