Trump hires seasoned communications adviser

A Republican with knowledge of the hiring says Jason Miller will serve as Trump\'s senior communications adviser.

Published: 28th June 2016 08:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th June 2016 08:08 AM   |  A+A-

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump looks towards a teleprompter as he speaks in New York. |AP


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

9:15 p.m.

Donald Trump has hired a top communications consultant who worked on Sen. Ted Cruz' unsuccessful presidential campaign. A Republican with knowledge of the hiring says Jason Miller will serve as Trump's senior communications adviser.

The Republican who confirmed Miller's hiring was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of the announcement and did so on condition of anonymity.

Miller is a seasoned political communications operative. Prior to working for Cruz, Miller worked on the presidential campaign of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and on South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford's bid for Congress.

Trump's communications has been handled by Hope Hicks, a loyal but inexperienced spokeswoman. The hire comes as Trump tries to build out his campaign for a general election and a week after firing campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.


4:33 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she knows some people don't trust her.

The presumptive presidential Democratic nominee told a women's luncheon crowd Monday in Chicago that she has work to do to earn trust that's been damaged by a quarter century of "wild accusations" that aren't true.

Clinton acknowledged making mistakes over the years, but didn't spell them out during her speech to the largely black crowd. She says it may seem like she's cautious with her words but that's not because she's hiding something. She says it's because she thinks about what she's going to say before she says it. That's an implicit dig at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a more impulsive speaker.


4:05 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says saving children from gun violence is a civil rights issue.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee addressed a women's luncheon Monday hosted by the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition in Chicago. She called attention to gun violence in America's third-largest city, including over 60 people shot during the Memorial Day weekend.

The largely black crowd included elected officials and local leaders.

Clinton nodded to Jackson's civil rights efforts and drew parallels to Democrats' sit-in over gun legislation on the U.S. House floor. She also played to President Barack Obama's hometown crowd, praising economic gains during his tenure.

Jackson has endorsed Clinton and lauded her for fighting for racial justice and gender equality.


2:08 p.m.

A Donald Trump ally is suggesting that Elizabeth Warren take a DNA test to clear up controversy over her heritage.

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who lost his Senate race to Warren in 2012, on Monday attacked Warren's past claim of having Native American heritage. He made the comment during a Monday afternoon conference call hosted by the Republican National Committee, responding to Warren's appearance with Democrat Hillary Clinton earlier in the day.

Republicans claim that Warren fabricated her ethnic background to gain an employment advantage. Warren denies that. She says she heard about her heritage from family stories.

Trump regularly mocks Warren as, "Pocahontas."

Brown, a vocal Trump supporter, said Clinton "is considering making someone vice president who has very serious character flaws when it comes to honesty and credibility" in dealing with her heritage.


11:50 a.m.

A new study says Donald Trump's tax and budget plans would make the national debt skyrocket by $10 trillion or more over the coming decade, mostly because of expensive tax cuts.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget also says Democrat Hillary Clinton's agenda — which relies on tax increases to pay for proposals such as expanding President Barack Obama's health care overhaul — would increase the debt by about $250 billion over 10 years.

Trump's tax plans, which include lowering the top income tax bracket from 39.6 percent to 25 percent and the top corporate rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, would add $9 trillion-plus to cumulative deficits over a decade. Clinton would increase taxes by $1.25 trillion.

The nonpartisan group advocates for smaller deficits.


11:40 a.m.

Bernie Sanders is calling the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Texas' regulation of abortion clinics a "decisive victory for women across the country."

The Democratic presidential candidate says in a statement that the Supreme Court reaffirmed that access to a "safe and legal abortion is a woman's constitutional right," and a right that cannot be prevented by "extreme, Republican politicians."

The justices voted 5-3 on Monday in support of the Texas clinics that argued the regulations were an attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion.

The Vermont senator says that the nation cannot go back to a time when "women in America did not have the right to control their own bodies."


11:35 a.m.

Retired NFL player Herschel Walker says he's being dropped from speaking engagements because of his relationship with Donald Trump.

In an interview on the "TMZ Sports" TV show, the Heisman Trophy winner and former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant said he's known Trump "before he became 'The Donald.'" Walker said the presumptive Republican nominee is not racist.

Walker told TMZ Sports "Just because you build a wall, doesn't mean you're a racist."

Trump has faced sharp criticism for his statements on immigration and plan to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.


11:05 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is offering effusive praise for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at their first event together during the presidential campaign, calling her someone who "tells it like it is."

Clinton says in Cincinnati, Ohio, that Warren has worked on behalf of hard-working Americans, trying to ensure that Wall Street "never wrecks" Main Street again and the federal government doesn't profit off student loans.

The Democratic presidential candidate says she also loves to see how Warren "gets under Donald Trump's thin skin." That's a nod to Warren's recent role as one of Trump's most vocal critics.

Clinton says that Trump "proves every day he's not in it for the American people, he's in it only for himself."


10:55 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is taking the stage with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is calling Clinton a fighter who "has never backed down."

Clinton and Warren joined hands and waved to a cheering crowd in their first joint appearance. Warren told the crowd in Cincinnati, Ohio, "I'm here today because I'm with her," and said Democrats would "work our hearts out" to make Clinton president.

Warren is offering a harsh critique of Republican Donald Trump. She says he looks "goofy" in his trademark baseball cap. She warns that Trump "will crush you into the dirt to get whatever he wants."

Warren is a darling of liberals in the Democratic Party and considered a possible running mate for Clinton.


10:35 a.m.

Hillary Clinton says the Supreme Court's ruling to strike down Texas' regulation of abortion clinics is "a victory for women in Texas and across America."

The Democratic presidential candidate says in a signed posting to Twitter that a "safe abortion should be a right-not just on paper, but in reality."

The justices voted 5-3 on Monday in support of the Texas clinics that argued the regulations were an attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion.

Clinton says the "fight isn't over," adding that the "next president has to protect women's health. Women won't be 'punished' for exercising their basic rights."


3:30 a.m.

Elizabeth Warren is joining Hillary Clinton in Cincinnati Monday for their first joint campaign event.

With Sen. Bernie Sanders fading from the spotlight, Warren is stepping up to reclaim her role as leader of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. She's mobilizing her forces behind Clinton, lending her presidential bid a powerful boost of liberal credibility.

The two women have formed a tight electoral alliance, one that could grow even closer should Warren be selected as Clinton's running mate.

She's currently being vetted by lawyers charged with running the vice presidential process. They've already asked Warren to complete a questionnaire and for documents.

For Clinton, the visit offers an opportunity to win back some of the liberal and younger voters she lost to Sanders in the primary season.

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