Trump to attend Hispanic roundtable Tuesday in Miami

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will take part Tuesday in a “Hispanic leadership roundtable” in Miami, his campaign said over the weekend.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Trump (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

The businessman and part-time Palm Beacher and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will start the day

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
PenceTuesday in Charlotte, N.C., at the, before flying to Miami. Details of the Miami event haven’t yet been announced.

Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., at the 117th National Convention of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, before flying to Miami.

Details of the Miami event haven’t yet been announced. But the Miami Herald is reporting it will be the lunch gathering at the famed Versailles restaurant that had been set for July 8 before Trump canceled at the last minute because of the previous evening’s assassination of five police officers in Dallas.

He also canceled an appearance set for later that day at a hotel near Miami International Airport where there was speculation he’d announce his running mate. Trump unveiled his partnership with Pence on July 16 in New York.

On Saturday, Trump’s presumed opponent, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also targeted Miami for her first

Florida voters give Hillary Clinton an edge in temperament but don't think she's "honest and trustworthy." (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Clinton (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

rally with her vice president pick, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, traveling to the heavily-Hispanic

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Kaine (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Florida International University, west of Miami.

Clinton is set to become the official nominee this week at the Democratic National Convention

in Philadelphia. She’ll do so without South Florida U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who Sunday was out as Democratic National Committee chair following revelations of e-mails suggesting the DNC had unfairly helped Clinton in her primary fight with Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks at the Univision, Washington Post Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Sanders (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Vets backing Clinton go on offensive against Trump

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

While Donald Trump went on the defensive Tuesday, outlining details on steering $5.6 million to veterans’ charities, the Hillary Clinton campaign kept up its offensive on the the presumptive Republican nominee.

The Clinton campaign gathered three retired Florida veterans to ridicule Trump’s record and cast doubts about his ability to lead the nation’s military.

Gene Kendall, a former Navy rear admiral, called Trump “a loose cannon,” who was forced to hold a news conference Tuesday mainly to blunt media questions about whether he had shared the millions he claimed to raise at a January event in Iowa.

“It wasn’t something he did willingly, you can be rest assured of that,” Kendall said.

Trump said at his New York news conference that the money promised in Iowa has been distributed, blaming the delay on the need to screen the groups receiving the funds.

Trump said he gave money to various veterans’ charities, including Hope for the Warriors, Homes for Our Troops, the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust and K9s for Warriors. The largest contribution Trump listed was $1.1 million to the Marine Corps–Law Enforcement Foundation.

That didn’t ease criticism from Clinton supporters.

Elena McCullough, a Coast Guard veteran, called it a “phony fund-raiser on behalf of veterans.”

“We can’t afford to have a person like Donald Trump in charge of our armed forces,” added former Air Force Brigadier General John Douglass of Cocoa Beach.