Trump in Miami: Why won’t Hillary give news conference?

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DORAL — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump didn’t take a break to golf while the Democrats hold their national convention this week.

 

Just hours after Hillary Clinton Tuesday night became the first woman ever nominated as a major party candidate for president, the businessman and part-time Palm Beacher tore into her, her campaign, and her staff during a 1-hour gathering Wednesday morning with reporters at his Trump National Doral golf resort west of Miami.

The first words out of his mouth: that Clinton now has gone 235 days without any kind of news conference. That couldn’t immediately be verified.

Trump did not say anything about the possibility that he’ll have to come to federal court in a $6 million lawsuit by members of his Jupiter country club. He did take a question about the massive algae crisis in the Treasure Coast, but only to say he’s aware of it and concerned about it and wants to find out what’s causing it.

 

Trump said he’s not sure if it was Russia that hacked Democratic National Committee emails that he says prove the DNC gamed the election in favor of Clinton and she “knew about it,” something Clinton has denied. He said the emails contained comments so offensive that, had he said them, “I’d have had to drop out of the race.”

He did quip that perhaps the Russians can find the 30,000-plus emails by then-Secretary of State Clinton that she was unable to produce.

Trump said he doesn’t have major investments in Russia. He did say that several years back he bought a home in Palm Beach County for $40 million and sold it to a Russian for more than $100 million, and that’s the extent of his dealings with Russia.

He dismissed the idea that the Russians did it to help him win but did say that “a President Trump will be so much better in relations with Russia. Couldn’t be worse.”

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Gov. Scott not attending Trump event in Miami after all

Something usually not seen in presidential announcement speeches: Trump brandishes a statement declaring his net worth at $8.7 billion.

CoUY566WEAUH3FZ.jpg-largeDORAL — A small group of protestors — organizers promised it would grow — gathered Tuesday afternoon outside Trump National Doral golf resort, west of Miami, where the guy who runs the place, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, was set to hold a  private, no-press fundraising reception and dinner Tuesday night.

Not on hand: Gov. Rick Scott.

Announcements of the event list an organizing committee that includes the governor, who has endorsed the businessman and part-time Palm Beacher and who spoke for him at last week’s GOP convention in Cleveland.

But Melissa Stone, Scott’s political spokeswoman, said Tuesday he never was set to attend; he had a conflict from the start.

Trump had also hoped Tuesday to hold a roundtable with Hispanic leaders but wasn’t able to make it happen, his campaign said.

The event, set for July 8 at Miami’s legendary Versailles restaurant, was canceled at the last minute  because of the previous evening’s assassination of five police officers in Dallas. The campaign tried to reschedule it for Tuesday,  but wasn’t able to synchronize with all the leaders on short notice. Trump’s campaign said he will try again at another date.

 

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