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Hillary Clinton has labeled rival Donald Trump a “bully” for criticizing women for their looks.

Speaking at a Florida rally, the Democratic nominee said Donald Trump had a 30-year history of “demeaning, degrading, insulting and assaulting” women.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has branded Hillary Clinton “corrupt” and said she would “destroy American healthcare forever”.

Donald Trump told early Clinton voters with “buyer’s remorse” they could change their vote in four states.

The clashes came as the fractious contest entered its final week, with opinion polls appearing to show the race getting tighter.

The prospect of a Trump presidency sent Asian financial markets tumbling – appearing to confirm some analysts’ view that the markets believe a Clinton victory would bring more stability for the US economy.

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Appearing on stage with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who has previously claimed Donald Trump once called her “Miss Piggy” after she put on weight – Hillary Clinton said she had “learned way back in elementary school that it’s not OK to insult people”.

For her part, Alicia Machado called Donald Trump “cruel” and said she had spent years “sick, fighting back eating disorders” as a result of the Republican nominee’s comments.

Echoing Hillary Clinton’s comments at a rally in Ohio, President Barack Obama said the Republican candidate had spent a “lifetime calling women pigs and dogs and slobs”.

The focus on Donald Trump’s treatment of women coincided with a new TV advert put out by the Democrats which showed archive footage of him making remarks such as: “Putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing.”

Donald Trump has faced a string of harassment allegations in the last month, after a 2005 video tape that saw him making inappropriate remarks about women emerged.

He has denied any wrongdoing and threatened to sue those involved after the election.

Donald Trump focused his attacks on the Affordable Care Act, dubbed ObamaCare, which he believes is becoming increasingly unpopular with low income families he needs to vote for him, amid reports of higher premiums and less choice.

Appearing on stage with his running mate Mike Pence and Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Donald Trump called ObamaCare “a catastrophe” and said he would immediately convene a special session of Congress to repeal and replace it if he becomes president.

Donald Trump also urged early voters who had “made a mistake” by voting for Hilalry Clinton to change their ballots before November 3 deadline.

Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania allow early vote switches but the practice is extremely rare, according to the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College.

Both sides also continued to spar over the recent revelation that FBI investigators are again probing Hillary Clinton’s email practices on November 1.

The revelation has put Democrats on the defensive and hurt Hillary Clinton’s plans to promote a positive message over the campaign’s final week.

Hillary Clinton has been introduced by former Miss Universe Alicia Machado at a rally in Dade City, Florida.

Alicia Machado, who won the Miss Universe pageant in 1996, said she has lived for 20 years with the agony of what Donald Trump did to her after she won the Miss Universe title: shame her, over and over, for gaining weight.Hillary Clinton email scandal 2016

Their joint appearance comes just a few days after Clinton appeared with women’s rights activists, including Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, at a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Speaking in a mix of English and Spanish, Alicia Machado addressed Latino voters, saying “this is our election, Latinos!”

“Let’s work our heart out so we can finally say madam president, senora presidenta.”

In the latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, Hillary Clinton is now one point behind Donald Trump, for the first time since May.

In the latest results, 46% of likely voters support Donald Trump, and 45% are for Hillary Clinton.Hillary Clinton on Donald Trump anti Muslim rhetoric

With the data taken to a decimal place for illustrative purposes, a mere 0.7 of a percentage point divides them.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has 3% and Green Party’s Jill Stein, 2%

“Trump and Clinton continue to run nearly even in overall vote preferences, with Trump at 46% and Clinton 45% in a four-way contest in the poll conducted Thursday through Sunday,” the Washington Post reports, citing the latest Washington Post-ABC News Tracking Poll.

“The margin is a mirror 48-47 Clinton-Trump split when third-party candidates are asked which major-party candidate they lean toward, a comparison which has grown in importance as support declines steadily for Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein,” the newspaper says.

Variety is backing Hillary Clinton in its first ever presidential endorsement in 111 years.Hillary Clinton South Carolina victory

In its endorsement statement, Variety said: “We believe that Clinton is not only the best candidate for the job, but the only candidate. 

“The time has come to elect our first female president. Women, young and old, are ready to have someone in the highest office who will protect their rights, champion their causes, and serve as a role model for this and future generations.”

Variety acknowledged Hillary Clinton’s experience, temperament and her public service record “fighting for the rights of women, children, families, the disabled, farmers, veterans, and the LGBTQ community” in making its endorsement.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton says she is “confident” a new FBI probe linked to her emails will not change its original finding that she should not be prosecuted.

She called on the FBI director to explain the new inquiry to the American people.

James Comey earlier said the FBI was looking into newly found messages.

The latest emails came to light during a separate inquiry into top Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s estranged husband, former congressman Anthony Weiner.

Devices belonging to Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner were seized in an investigation into whether he sent explicit emails to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

Hillary Clinton said: “The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately.

“It’s imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay.” Hillary-Clinton

She highlighted that James Comey had said he did not know the significance of the new emails, adding: “I’m confident (that) whatever they are will not change the conclusion reached in July.”

Donald Trump, however, described the FBI investigation as “the biggest political scandal since Watergate”, referring to the 1970s scandal that engulfed Republican President Richard Nixon.

“It’s everybody’s hope that justice at last can be delivered,” the Republican candidate told supporters at a rally in Iowa.

“The FBI would never have reopened this case at this time unless it were a most egregious criminal offence.”

James Comey said the FBI would investigate if the newly discovered emails contain classified information.

The FBI chief said in a letter to Congress that investigators had discovered the emails “in connection with an unrelated case… that appear to be pertinent to the investigation”.

James Comey said he “cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work”.

The FBI has already established Hillary Clinton had classified information on a private email server.

In July, James Comey said Hillary Clinton’s handling of sensitive material during her 2009-2013 tenure as secretary of state was “extremely careless”, but cleared her of any criminal wrongdoing.

The revelation that Hillary Clinton handled sensitive information while breaking federal rules by running her own email server out of her upstate New York home has dogged her campaign since last year.

Her campaign chairman John Podesta criticised the FBI’s “extraordinary” timing.

The revelation comes just 11 days before Americans go to the polls in the presidential election.

Hillary Clinton is five points ahead of Donald Trump, according to a Real Clear Politics average.

Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence has had a narrow escape after his plane slid off the runway while landing in New York City.

The Republican VP candidate told reporters he was fine after the rough touchdown at LaGuardia Airport. No one was injured.

Mike Pence and the other 30 or so passengers were evacuated through the back of the plane. He was coming from a campaign event in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

LaGuardia Airport has been closed until further notice, said officials.

The pilot slammed on the brakes and passengers on the aircraft could smell burning rubber.

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Live TV footage showed Mike Pence standing in the rain near the plane among emergency vehicles, talking to police and other officials.

The Iowa governor tweeted: “So thankful everyone on our plane is safe. Grateful for our first responders & the concern & prayers of so many. Back on the trail tomorrow!”

He said mud had splashed on the front windows of the cockpit.

Donald Trump called Mike Pence to check on him after the incident, the campaign said.

“Mr. Trump did reach out to Gov Pence. He’s glad that everyone on board is safe,” Donald Trump spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in an emailed statement.

The Republican nominee was in a motorcade en route to a rally in Geneva, Ohio.

Donald Trump told supporters at his rally about Mike Pence’s plane mishap, saying: “You know, he was in a big accident with a plane.

“The plane skidded off the runway and was pretty close to grave, grave danger, but I just spoke to Mike and he’s fine. He got out. Everybody’s fine.”

Mike Pence canceled a fundraising event that he was to take part in at Trump Tower in Manhattan, and headed to his hotel.

Donald Trump’s campaign has admitted the Republican nominee lags behind rival Democratic Hillary Clinton with just over two weeks before Election Day.

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said: “We are behind. She has some advantages.”

“We’re not giving up. We know we can win this.”

On October 21, Donald Trump made a rare admission that he could lose.

New polls suggest Hillary Clinton remains well ahead nationally and in several battleground states.

Her campaign has predicted this is going to be “the biggest election in American history”.

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robbie Mook told Fox News on October 23: “More people are going to turn out than ever before.”

Polling in Republican strongholds like Utah and Arizona suggest these states could back a Democrat for the first time in decades.

The polls may be wrong in Arizona but if they are correct, it may be the start of a Democratic trend that doesn’t just put the state in play in a Clinton 2016 rout scenario, it makes Arizona a legitimate swing state in coming elections.

For Democrats, that’s a dream scenario, giving them new and plentiful paths to electoral success.

For Republicans, it could mean the start of a long-term political nightmare.

That apparent change to the electoral map has prompted a shift in strategy for the Clinton camp, which is spending money on helping Democrats running in close House or Senate races.

Hillary Clinton said she didn’t even bother responding to Donald Trump anymore and would instead spend time “emphasizing the importance of electing Democrats down the ballot”.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager said the Clinton team had a huge financial advantage in how much they could spend on negative ads against the Republican nominee, and high-profile campaigners.

“She has a former president, who happens to be her husband, campaigning for her. The current president and first lady, vice president, all much more popular than she can hope to be,” said Kellyanne Conway.

But this election does not feel over when you realize the depth of support Donald Trump has on the campaign trail, she said.

However, Donald Trump reflected on defeat for the first time on October 21 when he said that – win, lose or draw – he would be happy with himself.

A day later, the billionaire announced a raft of measures for his first 100 days in office, that include used curbs on lobbying and new trade and climate change negotiations.

With just 16 days until Election Day, much of the recent focus has been on controversies linked to Donald Trump’s campaign.

On October 22, he promised to sue every woman who had accused him of assault.

Donald Trump also repeated his claims that the election is rigged, because of voter fraud at polling booths and media bias.

On October 23, Eric Trump said his father would accept the outcome but only if it was a “fair” election.

Hillary Clinton has said she no longer cares what Donald Trump might say and will focus on issues instead.

Recalling their acrimonious exchanges, Hillary Clinton said: “I debated him for four and a half hours.

“I don’t even think about responding to him anymore.”

The Democratic nominee was speaking to reporters aboard her campaign plane.Hillary Clinton on Brussels attacks

Donald Trump used a rally in Gettysburg to promise curbs on lobbying and new trade and climate change negotiations.

With just 16 days until Election Day, much of the recent focus has been on controversies linked to his campaign.

On October 22, Donald Trump again promised to sue every woman who had accused him of assault or inappropriate behavior as soon as his presidential campaign was over.

More polls on October 23 suggested Donald Trump lags behind Hillary Clinton in key battleground states.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has predicted this is going to be “the biggest election in American history”.

Campaign manager Robbie Mook told Fox News on October 23: “More people are going to turn out than ever before.”

Speaking on stage in Pittsburgh, Hillary Clinton called for Americans to unite.

“I understand that they need a president who cares about them, will listen to them and I want to be their president,” she said.

Before his speech in Gettysburg, Donald Trump said the media were fabricating stories to make him “look as bad and dangerous as possible”.

Eleven women have come forward to accuse Donald Trump of inappropriate behavior, in the weeks since a video emerged of him boasting of groping women and kissing them.

“Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign,” Donald Trump told the audience.

Donald Trump has launched a rare attack on First Lady Michelle Obama, saying “all she wants to do is campaign” for Hillary Clinton.

The Republican nominee also accused Michelle Obama of attacking Hillary Clinton in 2007 by invoking a line she had said about fitness to run the White House.

The Obama campaign had denied the line referred to Hillary Clinton.

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Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, accused Donald Trump of threatening democracy if he did not accept the election result.

“We know the difference between leadership and dictatorship, and the peaceful transition of power is one of the things that sets us apart,” the Democratic nominee told a crowd in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election. By doing that, he’s threatening our democracy.”

At his own rally in North Carolina, Donald Trump told supporters: “I see how much [Michelle Obama] likes Hillary.”

“But wasn’t she the one that originally started the statement, <<If you can’t take care of your home>>, right? <<You can’t take care of the White House or the country?>> Where’s that? I don’t hear that. I don’t hear that.”

Donald Trump was referring to a remark Michelle Obama made in 2007 while campaigning for her husband, who was running against Hillary Clinton.

Back in 2007, Michelle Obama said: “If you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House.”

Some critics asked whether the comment had been aimed at Hillary Clinton’s relationship with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

However, the Obama campaign maintained the line was not directed at the Clintons and instead referred to their own struggle with parenting during a campaign.

“So, we’ve adjusted our schedules to make sure that our girls are first, so while he’s traveling around, I do day trips,” Michelle Obama continued in her 2007 speech.

“That means I get up in the morning, I get the girls ready, I get them off, I go and do trips, I’m home before bedtime.”

Donald Trump was back on the campaign trail a day after he and Hillary Clinton appeared together at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation charity dinner in New York City.

The event, which takes place during election years, offers presidential candidates a chance to crack jokes about one another.

However, Alfred E. Smith V told CNN on October 21 that Donald Trump had “crossed the line and took it a little too far”.

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Ecuador has admitted it partly restricted internet access for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is taking refuge at its London embassy.

It said Julian Assange had in recent weeks released material that could have an impact on the US presidential election.

The country also said its move was not the result of pressure from Washington.

The US denied WikiLeaks accusations that it had asked Ecuador to stop the site publishing documents about Hillary Clinton.Julian Assange assault inquiry dropped

Julian Assange has sought asylum at London’s Ecuadorean embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over assault allegations.

In a statement, the Ecuadorean foreign ministry said WikiLeaks‘ decision to publish documents could have an impact on the US presidential election.

It said the release was entirely the responsibility of the organization, and Ecuador did not want to interfere in the electoral process.

“In that respect, Ecuador, exercising its sovereign right, has temporarily restricted access to part of its communications systems in its UK Embassy,” the statement said.

It added that “Ecuador does not yield to pressures from other countries”.

WikiLeaks earlier said that Ecuador had cut off Julian Assange’s internet access on October 15.

The site has recently been releasing material from Hillary Clinton’s campaign, including those from a hack of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails.

WikiLeaks released transcripts on October 15 of paid speeches Hillary Clinton made to Goldman Sachs in the past, which her campaign had long refused to release.

The scripts reveal bantering exchanges with bank executives, which correspondents say may increase concerns among liberal Democrats that she is too cosy with Wall Street.

Hillary Clinton’s camp has claimed the cyber-breach was orchestrated by Russian hackers with the aim of undermining the US democratic process.

While Hillary Clinton’s team has neither confirmed nor denied the leaked emails are authentic, there have been no indications they are fake.

According to the latest leaked emails, Hillary Clinton told a Goldman Sachs conference she would like to intervene secretly in Syria.

The Democratic presidential nominee made the remark in answer to a question from Lloyd Blankfein, the bank’s chief executive, in 2013 – months after she left office as secretary of state.

“My view was you intervene as covertly as is possible for Americans to intervene,” Hillary Clinton told employees of the bank in South Carolina, which had paid her about $225,000 to give a speech.

Hillary Clinton – who is accused of being hawkish by liberal critics – added: “We used to be much better at this than we are now. Now, you know, everybody can’t help themselves.

“They have to go out and tell their friendly reporters and somebody else: Look what we’re doing and I want credit for it.”

Barack Obama has urged Donald Trump to “stop whining” as he rejected his claim that November 8 election will be rigged.

The president said Donald Trump’s attempt to discredit a poll before it has even taken place was “unprecedented” for a presidential candidate.

Also “unprecedented”, said Barack Obama, was Donald Trump’s “flattery” of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Donald Trump is facing sinking poll numbers and accusations of assault.

The New York billionaire has claimed the next month’s election will be “absolutely rigged” for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

In a White House Rose Garden news conference on October 18 alongside visiting Italian PM Matteo Renzi, President Obama said Donald Trump’s assertions were “based on no facts”.

“I’d advise Mr. Trump to stop whining and try to make his case to get votes,” Barack Obama said.

“By the way,[it] doesn’t really show the kind of leadership and toughness that you want out of a president, if you start whining before the game’s even over.

“If whenever things are going badly for you and you lose you start blaming somebody else, then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job.”Donald Trump criticized by Barack Obama

President Obama also addressed Donald Trump’s admiring remarks about Vladimir Putin.

“Mr. Trump’s continued flattery of Mr. Putin and the degree to which he appears to model much of his policies and approach to politics on Mr. Putin is unprecedented,” Barack Obama said.

The president’s broadside comes a day after Donald Trump said he would consider visiting Russia before taking office, if elected.

Donald Trump told a talk-radio host: “If I win on November 8, I could see myself meeting with Putin and meeting with Russia prior to the start of the administration.”

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in the third and final presidential debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on October 19.

The Republican nominee has seen his poll numbers slide since their first battle of wits, followed by the emergence of the 2005 tape that he was forced to address in the second debate.

Donald Trump denied any impropriety, but a number of women have come forward with assault allegations against him.

Hillary Clinton will head into October 19 debate with a seven-point lead over Donald Trump, according to a Monmouth University poll. Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump 47% to 40%, while 7% of likely voters say they will support the Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson.

According to a recent research, more than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favor of Donald Trump around the first presidential debate as by those backing rival Hillary Clinton.

The study found Donald Trump would have enjoyed more support on Twitter even if the accounts – known as bots – had not been active.

However, the research highlights that the software has the capacity to “manipulate public opinion” and “muddy political issues”.

The report has yet to be peer-reviewed.

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One critic noted that it was impossible to be completely sure which accounts were real and which were “web robots”.

The research was led by Prof. Philip Howard, from the University of Oxford, and is part of a wider project exploring “computational propaganda”.

The investigation covered tweets posted on September 26, the day of the debate, plus the three days afterwards, and relied on popular hashtags linked to the event.

First, the researchers identified accounts that exclusively posted messages containing hashtags associated with one candidate but not the other.

These accounted for about 1.8 million pro-Trump tweets and 613,000 pro-Clinton posts.

The researchers then analyzed which of these had been posted by bots. They identified an account as such if it had tweeted at least 50 times a day across the period, meaning a minimum of 200 tweets over the four days.

The results suggested that 32.7% of such pro-Trump tweets had been posted by bots and 22.3% of such pro-Clinton ones.

In total, that represented a total of 576,178 tweets benefiting Donald Trump and 136,639 in support of Hillary Clinton.

Prof. Philip Howard said: “On the balance of probabilities, if you pulled out a heavily automated account the odds are four to one that you’ll find it’s a bot tweeting in favor of Trump.”

There is no suggestion, however, that bots were generated by either of the official Presidential campaign groups.

“We are not looking at the source, who is working on the bots or to what end, merely the metrics of the data,” said Prof. Philip Howard.

Looking wider – to accounts that tweeted neutral hashtags or a mix of different kinds – the study suggested that 23% of all the tweets were driven by bots.

One machine learning expert cautions that the criteria used to identify the bots might have been too imprecise to have sifted out all the human-based activity.

So, is it possible that Donald Trump supporters might simply have been more enthusiastic than Hillary Clinton’s and have done a better job at leveraging social media to their advantage?

Prof. Philip Howard said that it is unlikely to be the only explanation.

“Most of the heavy automation and tweets happened overnight and shared similar hashtags and information,” he says.

“They show behavior that is not human and often don’t have comments [about other issues apart from] the particular topic in question.”

Prof. Philip Howard adds that the 50-tweets-a-day rule was borne out by analysis of posts made during a past Venezuelan election and the Brexit vote.

In both cases, his team double-checked a sample of accounts that had been flagged as bots and confirmed they displayed other characteristics of being inhuman.

Donald Trump has said the election is “absolutely rigged” by the “dishonest media” and “at many polling places”.

The Republican nominee’s comments appear to contradict his running mate Mike Pence, who told NBC earlier Donald Trump would “absolutely” accept the election result, despite media “bias”.

Donald Trump’s adviser Rudy Giuliani has also accused Democrats of “cheating”.

Polls suggest Donald Trump is losing ground in some of the key battleground states.

Meanwhile Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine has blasted Donald Trump’s election-rigging claims as “scare tactics”.

Donald Trump has questioned the legitimacy of the election process in a series of tweets, the latest of which said: “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD.”

Earlier, Donald Trump accused the press of inaccurate reporting: “Election is being rigged by the media, in a coordinated effort with the Clinton campaign, by putting stories that never happened into news!”Donald Trump RNC conspiracy

However, speaking on NBC’s Meet The Press, Mike Pence said the American people were “tired of the obvious bias in the national media” which was “where the sense of a rigged election goes”, but said: “We will absolutely accept the results of the election.”

“Elections always get pretty rough,” he added, but said the US has a tradition of “the peaceful transfer of power”.

Meanwhile Rudy Giuliani told CNN’s State of the Union that he’d have to be a “moron” to think that some elections, such as those in Philadelphia and Chicago, were going to be fair.

“I’ve found very few situations where Republicans cheat… they don’t control the inner cities the way Democrats do. Maybe if Republicans controlled the inner cities, they’d do as much cheating as Democrats,” he said.

“I’m sorry. Dead people generally vote for Democrats rather than Republicans,” he added.

Tim Kaine told ABC’s This Week Donald Trump was “swinging at every phantom of his own imagination” because “he knows he’s losing”.

“He’s blaming the media. He’s blaming the GOP. He’s saying that America can’t run a fair election.

“He’s making weird claims that, no, I couldn’t have assaulted this person, she’s not attractive enough to assault. How bizarre is that?… And this is what bullies do.”

Multiple women have come forward to accuse Donald Trump of groping or kissing them this week, following the emergence of a 2005 video tape in which he made inappropriate remarks about women.

Donald Trump has repeatedly denied the claims, calling the women “horrible liars” and accusing the media of being an agent of the “Clinton machine”.

Tim Kaine denied that the Clinton campaign had anything to do with the women making accusations against Donald Trump.

On October 15, House speaker Republican Paul Ryan criticized Donald Trump for questioning the validity of the electoral process.

“Our democracy relies on confidence in election results, and the speaker is fully confident the states will carry out this election with integrity,” his spokesperson AshLee Strong said.

It’s not the first time Donald Trump has directly contradicted his running mate during the campaign, with them clashing over how to solve the war in Syria.

In the vice presidential debate, Mike Pence said the Trump administration would impose a safe zone in Syria, “stand up” to Russian aggression and go after Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

But in the second presidential debate, Donald Trump claimed that although he didn’t “like Assad”, the Syrian president was “killing ISIL [ISIS]”.

According to latest polls, Donald Trump is losing ground in some of the key battleground states following the publication of a recording in which he made inappropriate remarks about women, which sparked a string of assault claims.

His denial, though, has opened the floodgates for women who are now accusing him of harassment spanning from groping on planes to unwanted advances in the Trump Tower.

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Kristin Anderson told the Washington Post Donald Trump touched her through her underwear at a Manhattan nightspot in the 1990s.

Summer Zervos was a contestant on The Apprentice in 2006, and said Donald Trump forced himself on her at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007.

Jessica Leeds told the New York Times that when she was 38, Donald Trump touched her “like an octopus” in the first-class cabin of a flight in the 1980s.

Natasha Stoynoff told People magazine that Donald Trump “forced his tongue through her throat” when she went to interview the Trumps ahead of their first wedding anniversary in 2005

Mindy McGillivray told the Palm Beach Post that when she was 23, Donald Trump grabbed her bottom at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida in 2003.

Temple Taggart, former Miss Utah, told NBC News Donald Trump kissed her on the lips in 1997, when she was 21.

Donald Trump has denied attacking any of the women who have made allegations against him, saying the claims are part of a plot to damage his campaign.

Donald Trump has accused Hillary Clinton of being “pumped up” during their last presidential debate, saying they should both be tested for drugs before the next one.

The Republican nominee also suggested the presidential race was looking like a “rigged election”.

The comments came in the wake of the publication of a recording in which Donald Trump made inappropriate remarks, which sparked a string of assault claims.

According to latest polls, Donald Trump is losing ground in some of the key battleground states.

Speaking at a rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump said Hilalry Clinton had been “all pumped up” at the beginning of the last debate but could “barely reach her car” at the end.

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“We should take a drugs test,” the billionaire said.

Donald Trump did not provide any evidence to back up his claim.

Meanwhile the Clinton campaign has hit back against Donald Trump’s contention that women accusing him of assault are part of a scheme to help elect Hillary Clinton president.

Voting was to be encouraged and not “dismissed or undermined because a candidate is afraid he’s going to lose”, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook said.

Robby Mook said he expected a record turnout because voters could see through what he described as Donald Trump’s “shameful attempts to undermine an election weeks before it happens”.

Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said he was “fully confident” that the November election would be carried out “with integrity”, according to his spokeswoman AshLee Strong.

Paul Ryan, the most senior elected Republican official, has said he will not defend Donald Trump in the wake of the recording of the nominee’s obscene comments.

However, Paul Ryan has stopped short of ending his endorsement of Donald Trump.

The latest person to come forward is 63-year-old Cathy Heller, who told the Guardian that Donald Trump grabbed her and “went for the lips” during their first and only meeting 20 years ago, during a Mother’s Day event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

A spokesman for Donald Trump rejected the claim.

Donald Trump has denied attacking any of the women who have made allegations against him, saying the claims are part of a plot to damage his campaign.

The final presidential debate takes place on October 19.

Donald Trump has rejected fresh claims of assault, saying they are part of a plot to damage his presidential campaign.

The Republican candidate told a rally in North Carolina on October 14: “It’s not hard to find a small handful of people willing to make false smears.”

Two new accusations came from an ex-Apprentice contestant who cited a 2007 incident and a woman who described a case from the early 1990s.

The latest polls suggest Donald Trump is losing ground in some of the key battleground states.

During the rally, Donald Trump said the accusations were “sick” and false, and driven by fame, money or politics.

“Or for the simple reason they want to stop our movement, they want to stop our campaign. Very simple,” he told the crowd.

The New York billionaire added: “These claims defy reason, truth, logic, common sense. They are made without supporting witnesses.

“When the media does what they’re doing now, that’s rigging the system… The election is rigged.”

Saying he was ignoring his own advisers by commenting on the allegations, Donald Trump suggested that he would never have been attracted to Jessica Leeds, one of this accusers.

“Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you.”

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One of the new allegations involves Kristin Anderson, who told the Washington Post Donald Trump touched her through her underwear at a Manhattan nightspot in the 1990s.

Kristin Anderson, now 46, said she was “very grossed out and weirded out”.

The publication said it had approached Kristin Anderson after learning of her story through a third party, and she had spent several days deciding whether to go public.

Donald Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said in a statement emailed to the Washington Post: “Mr. Trump strongly denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity. It is totally ridiculous.”

Meanwhile, Summer Zervos, who was a contestant on season five of The Apprentice in 2006, said Donald Trump forced himself on her at a the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Summer Zervos, now 41, had been invited by Donald Trump to discuss job opportunities.

She told an emotional news conference in Los Angeles that she met Donald Trump in 2007 in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where the property mogul greeted her by kissing her on the mouth.

Summer Zervos said Donald Trump asked her to sit next to him on a sofa where he “grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast”.

She fought back tears as she said Donald Trump attempted to lead her into the bedroom, even as she fended off his advances.

Summer Zervos was flanked during the press conference by well-known lawyer Gloria Allred, who has previously represented alleged assault victims of entertainer Bill Cosby.

At the time of the alleged assault, Donald Trump was newly married to his third and current wife, Melania.

Summer Zervos said she was spurred to come forward after Donald Trump denied during October 9 presidential debate ever having committed assault.

Donald Trump rebutted the suggestion on national TV as he was asked about a leaked recording from 2005 in which he is heard bragging that he can force himself on women because he is a star.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s campaign presented a British man who disputed the account of Jessica Leeds, now 74. She alleged that when she was 38, Donald Trump groped her on a flight to New York, acting “like an octopus”.

The New York Post reported that Anthony Gilberthorpe contacted Donald Trump’s campaign to counter the claim.

In an interview with the paper Anthony Gilberthorpe said: “I was there, I was in a position to know that what she said was wrong, wrong, wrong.”

Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence has said new evidence will emerge on October 14 that will undermine the latest accusations against the Republican presidential candidate.

Mike Pence said the “Clinton political machine” was using slander and lies to deflect from real issues.

Several women have accused Donald Trump of groping them or kissing them forcibly, which he has strongly denied.

First Lady Michelle Obama said some of Donald Trump’s boasts about women were “shocking and demeaning”.

On October 14, President Barack Obama said America was a better place than Donald Trump’s remarks about women, minorities and other group suggested it was.

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Donald Trump was heard bragging on tape that he could force himself on women because he was a star.

However, Mike Pence rejected Michelle Obama’s description, saying he did not understand the basis of her claim.

Donald Trump had categorically denied the allegations and they are unsubstantiated, said the Indiana governor.

“Before the day is out there will be more evidence publicly that calls into question these allegations.”

More information will back Donald Trump’s claim that “this is all categorically false”.

When the 2005 video tape of Donald Trump’s inappropriate remarks emerged last week, Mike Pence was unequivocal in his condemnation of the remarks.

However, for dozens of Republicans, strong words were not enough and they said they could no longer endorse their party’s nominee.

At the second presidential debate on October 9, Donald Trump denied that he had ever committed assault.

A few days later, women began to come forward with stories of Donald Trump forcing himself on them.

On October 13, he was defiant, calling the women “horrible liars”.

Polls suggest Donald Trump is losing ground in some of the key battleground states.

Donald Trump has told supporters in Florida that latest groping claims are “totally and absolutely false”.

He said the women making the allegations were “horrible liars” and the media was colluding with rival Hillary Clinton.

Several women say Donald Trump groped them or forcibly kissed them.

First Lady Michelle Obama earlier said Donald Trump’s boasts about groping women were “shocking and demeaning”.

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“Leaders should meet a basic standard of human decency,” she said during a campaign appearance in New Hampshire.

Seeing Donald Trump make inappropriate comments about women, on a video leaked last week to the Washington Post, “has shaken me to my core in a way that I cannot have predicted,” Michelle Obama said, her voice cracking with emotion.

The first lady never mentioned Donald Trump by name but her references made her target obvious.

Two women told the New York Times that Donald Trump groped or kissed them.

A People magazine reporter also said she was forcibly kissed, while another woman said Donald Trump grabbed her bottom.

Making his first public appearance since the allegations were made, Donald Trump told a rally in West Palm Beach these stories were “a conspiracy against the American people” by the political and media establishment.

Donald Trump said he had evidence the accusations were unfounded and would release that at the “appropriate time”.

In one reference, the Republican presidential runner appeared to imply People magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff could not have been telling the truth because of her appearance.

“Take a look. You take a look. Look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think. I don’t think so, I don’t think so.”

The media, Donald Trump said, “will seek to destroy your career and your family”.

Donald Trump has threatened to sue the New York Times, which published accusations from two women on October 12.

The publication has responded by saying it would welcome the opportunity to make its case in court.

Many of the women said Donald Trump’s denial during the second presidential debate prompted them to come forward.

Two new women accuse Donald Trump of inappropriate contact, after media outlets reported claims from several women.

Both of them told the New York Times that Donald Trump groped or kissed them.

A reporter for People magazine wrote a first person account describing being forcibly kissed by Donald Trump.

The Republican nominee’s campaign have rejected the claims, describing the NYT article as “defamatory”.

Donald Trump’s camp has made public a letter to the NYT threatening legal action unless the paper retracts the article, which it called “a politically-motivated effort to defeat Mr. Trump’s candidacy”.

The publication said it was standing by its article.

Late last week, a video shot in 2005 emerged which showed Donald Trump making inappropriate remarks about groping women.Donald Trump hails Brexit referendum result

The Republican apologized for the comments – which were widely condemned – but described them as “locker-room talk”.

Many top Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have since distanced themselves from Donald Trump.

However, four Republican members of Congress who had urged Donald Trump to step aside have changed position, saying they backed their party.

In the NYT article, Jessica Leeds, 74, from Manhattan, said she had been sitting next to Donald Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York when he lifted the armrest and began to touch her.

“He was like an octopus… his hands were everywhere,” said Jessica Leeds, who was 38 at the time.

“It was an assault.”

A second woman, Rachel Crooks, said she was kissed on the lips by Donald Trump outside a lift in Trump Tower when she was a 22-year-old receptionist at a real estate company there.

“It was so inappropriate,” Rachel Crooks told the NYT.

“I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”

Neither women reported their accounts to the authorities, but both shared what happened to them with friends and family.

In People magazine, meanwhile, writer Natasha Stoynoff said an incident took place in December 2005, when she went to interview the Trumps ahead of their first wedding anniversary.

Donald Trump said he wanted to show her around their Florida estate, including one “tremendous” room.

“We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat,” Natasha Stoynoff wrote.

A spokesman said the account in People had “no merit or veracity”.

Another woman, Mindy McGillivray, now 36, told the Palm Beach Post she was 23 when Donald Trump grabbed her bottom at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida in 2003.

Her companion that day, photographer Ken Davidoff, told the newspaper he remembers her pulling him aside moments afterwards and telling him: “Donald just grabbed my ass!”

Donald Trump’s campaign rejected this claim.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign said the “disturbing” New York Times story “sadly fits everything we know about the way Donald Trump has treated women”.

“These reports suggest that he lied on the debate stage and that the disgusting behavior he bragged about in the tape is more than just words.”

Barack Obama has blasted Republican nominee Donald Trump’s recent remarks about women, saying they would be intolerable even for someone applying for a job at a 7-Eleven convenience store.

At a rally supporting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, President Obama also urged senior Republicans to formally withdraw their endorsement of Donald Trump as presidential candidate.

Many top Republicans have withdrawn their support for Donald Trump afer a video in which he boasts of groping women emerged last week.

Donald Trump accused them of disloyalty.

The New York billionaire was particularly scathing about House Speaker Paul Ryan whom he described as a “weak and ineffective” leader.

Addressing a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, on October 11, Barack Obama referred to Donald Trump’s crude remarks about women, saying: “Now you find a situation in which the guy says stuff that nobody would find tolerable if they were applying for a job at 7-Eleven.”

The president said: “You don’t have to be a husband or a father to say that’s not right. You just have to be a decent human being.”

Barack Obama questioned how senior Republican politicians could still want Donald Trump to be president.Barack Obama blames media for Donald Trump coverage

“The fact is that now you’ve got people saying: <<We strongly disagree, we really disapprove… but we’re still endorsing him>>. They still think he should be president, that doesn’t make sense to me,” he told the crowd.

Barack Obama was interrupted several times by anti-Clinton campaigners but seemed unfazed, saying: “This is democracy at work. This is great.”

The hecklers were escorted from the venue by security officials.

In another development, Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Chairman John Podesta has said that Russia was behind an apparent hacking of his emails and may have been colluding with the Trump campaign.

John Podesta said on October 11 that the FBI was investigating the hacking of the emails that were published by WikiLeaks.

The 2005 video released on October 7 revealed Donald Trump describing how he had sought to have s** with a married woman and making other aggressive comments about women.

Nearly half of the 331 incumbent Republican senators, House members and governors have condemned the lewd remarks and about 10% have called for Donald Trump to drop out of the race, according to Reuters.

On October 10, Paul Ryan said he would not defend Donald Trump over the remarks.

Paul Ryan told fellow House Republicans he would instead focus on congressional elections to ensure Republicans could maintain legislative control.

Donald Trump fired back in a string of tweets, saying the “shackles” had been removed, allowing him to “fight for America the way I want to”.

He said he neither wanted nor needed Paul Ryan’s support.

Donald Trump said “disloyal” Republicans “come at you from all sides. They don’t know how to win – I will teach them!”

He attacked Senator John McCain, who has denounced Donald Trump’s conduct and faces a close re-election battle in Arizona, as “foul-mouthed”.

Despite a widening divide within the Republican Party, some members insist they are sticking by Donald Trump.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he was “really disturbed” by Donald Trump’s comments about women but still planned to support him, saying the election was “about bigger issues than that”.

Texas Senator and former rival Ted Cruz also said he would still cast his ballot for Donald Trump, telling a Texas TV station that Hillary Clinton was an “absolute disaster”.

Donald Trump delivered a gaffe while addressing supporters in Florida on October 11, telling them to go out and vote on the wrong date.

ABC News footage showed Donald Trump saying: “Go and register. Make sure you get out and vote, November 28.”

The election date is November 8.

A recent PRRI/Atlantic poll suggested Hillary Clinton holds a 49-38 lead over Donald Trump.

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the most senior elected Republican official, has said he will not defend Donald Trump, after remarks he made about groping women led to outrage.

Paul Ryan vowed to focus on defending seats in Congress, but did not end his endorsement of the Republican Party’s nominee.

Donald Trump tweeted that Paul Ryan should not waste his time fighting him.

Earlier Hillary Clinton cast doubt on Donald Trump’s apology for the remarks, made 11 years ago.

On October 9, Donald Trump described his words as “locker-room talk”.

In a bitter TV debate, a month before the presidential election, Donald Trump denied he had groped anyone.

Hillary Clinton tweeted on October 10 that, if Donald Trump stood by this assertion, he was “clearly not sorry”.

Meanwhile Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence said he would stand by him despite an outcry over the remarks.

A 2005 video released on October 7 revealed Donald Trump describing how he had sought to have s** with a married woman and making inappropriate comments about women.

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Asked about the video in the debate, Donald Trump turned his fire on Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, whom he described as “abusive to women”.

Hillary Clinton refused to address the comments.

At least 38 senior Republicans – including senators, members of Congress, and state governors – have withdrawn their support for Donald Trump since the video surfaced.

According to sources familiar with a conference call he held with congress members on October 10, Paul Ryan appeared to have accepted that Hillary Clinton would win the White House and wanted to make sure Republicans in Congress were strong enough to challenge her.

Paul Ryan said he would spend “his entire energy making sure that Hillary Clinton does not get a blank cheque with a Democrat-controlled Congress”, the source said.

“You all need to do what’s best for you in your district,” Paul Ryan was quoted as telling colleagues.

Donald Trump apologized for the remarks, and when pressed during the debate on whether he had engaged in s**ual misconduct, he denied doing so.

However, Hillary Clinton said his explanation that these were words not actions did not amount to an apology.

“If Trump stands by what he said about women as <<locker room talk>>, he’s clearly not sorry,” she tweeted.

Meanwhile Mike Pence praised Donald Trump’s honesty.

“I think last night he showed his heart to the American people. He said he apologized to his family, apologized to the American people, that he was embarrassed by it,” Mike Pence told CNN on October 10.

Earlier Mike Pence had described the remarks as indefensible.

The vice-presidential candidate said he was “honored to stand with” Donald Trump and denied he had considered withdrawing from the race.

When moderator Anderson Cooper asked about the video, Donald Trump denied ever assaulting women, dismissing the remarks as “just words”. Instead he focused on ex-President Bill Clinton’s indiscretions.

Hillary Clinton said the explosive video “represents exactly who he is”.

“With prior Republican nominees, I disagreed with them, but I never questioned their fitness to serve,” she said.

Donald Trump said if he won, he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton and she would be in prison over her private email arrangements.

“Everything he just said is absolutely false but I’m not surprised,” she responded.

“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.”

“Because you’d be in jail,” Donald Trump interrupted.

He also said Hillary Clinton “has tremendous hate in her heart” while criticizing her for referring to his supporters as “deplorables”.

Hillary Clinton said she apologized for the comment, adding: “My argument is not with his supporters, it’s with him, about the hateful and divisive campaign he has run.”

Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton also sparred on the conflict in Syria, Russian aggression, Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns and his plan for the “extreme vetting” of immigrants arriving from countries with links to terrorism.

The evening concluded when an audience member asked the candidates to say one positive thing about each other.

Hillary Clinton said his children were a great reflection of him while Donald Trump called his opponent “a fighter” who never gives up.

An hour before the debate began, Donald Trump appeared at a news conference with women who accused Bill Clinton of s**ual misconduct.

Donald Trump joined three women who allege Bill Clinton assaulted them and called the women “very courageous”.

Hillary Clinton also defended controversial remarks she made in a private speech that was made public in leaked emails on October 8.

The transcript revealed Hillary Clinton said a politician has a public and private position, but at the debate she said she had watched a film about Abraham Lincoln and was referring only to what he had done.

Donald Trump’s allies have said he is a “genius” if a New York Times report is true that he paid no federal income taxes for 18 years.

The New York Times said it had received some of Donald Trump’s 1995 tax documents revealing $915m losses that allowed him to legally avoid paying taxes.

Donald Trump’s camp refused to confirm or deny the report, but said the filing was “illegally obtained”.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton’s campaign called the report a “bombshell”.

Donald Trump’s surrogates took to the airwaves on October 2 to defend him.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the New York Times article was a “very good story” because it showcased the “genius” of Donald Trump.

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Chris Christie told Fox News Sunday the report would only underline that Donald Trump is best qualified to ease tax policy on working people.

Former New York Rudy Giuliani, a close adviser to Donald Trump, also said the Republican candidate was an “absolute genius” if he avoided federal income taxes.

“A lot of the people that are poor take advantage of loopholes and pay no taxes,” Rudy Giuliani told NBC’s Meet the Press on October 2.

“Those are loopholes also.”

Donald Trump himself played down the report tweeting: “I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them. #[email protected]

During the first presidential debate on September 26, Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump for not releasing his tax returns, as all previous White House candidates have done since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Hillary Clinton suggested he was hiding “something terrible” and that he had perhaps not paid any federal income tax. Donald Trump replied: “That makes me smart.”

In its article, the New York Times said three pages of documents were anonymously sent last month to one of its reporters who had written about Donald Trump’s finances.

A former accountant for Donald Trump, Jack Mitnick, whose name appears as Trump’s tax preparer of the filings, said the documents appeared to be authentic copies of portions of the 1995 returns, according to the New York Times.

Donald Trump’s campaign did not directly address the authenticity of the excerpts, but the New York Times said a Trump lawyer had emailed the newspaper arguing that publication of the records was illegal.

His camp accused the publication, which has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, of being “an extension of the Clinton campaign”.

Donald Trump, the campaign added, was a “highly skilled businessman who has a fiduciary responsibility to his business, his family and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required.

“That being said, Mr. Trump has paid hundreds of millions of dollars in property taxes, sales and excise taxes, real estate taxes, city taxes, state taxes, employee taxes and federal taxes, along with very substantial charitable contributions.”

Hillary Clinton’s camp said Donald Trump embodied the “rigged system” of an unfair US tax code.

Her campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement: “This bombshell report reveals the colossal nature of Donald Trump’s past business failures and just how long he may have avoided paying any federal income taxes whatsoever.”

Hillary Clinton has already disclosed nearly 40 years of federal income tax returns, while Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, has made publicly available 10 years of his tax returns.

At an October 1rally, Donald Trump appeared to accuse Hillary Clinton of marital infidelity.

“Hillary Clinton’s only loyalty is to her financial contributors and to herself,” the Republican told thousands gathered in Manheim, Pennsylvania.

“I don’t think she’s even loyal to Bill if you want to know the truth. Why should she be, right?”

Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin has debuted his impression of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, parodying the candidate’s pronunciation of China, among other things.

Sporting a blonde wig and a lip-puckering scowl, Alec Baldwin appeared on the comedy show alongside SNL regular Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, using a walking cane.

The New York Times says it has obtained documents showing Donald Trump declared a loss of 916 million on his 1995 federal income tax return.

According to the publication, the loss was so large it may have enabled Donald Trump to avoid paying tax for up to 18 years legally.

The Republican candidate’s campaign has refused to publish his tax returns and neither confirmed nor denied the scale of his losses.

Hillary Clinton has made much of his tax record.

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During an acrimonious first presidential debate on September 26, Hillary Clinton forced Donald Trump on to the defensive for not releasing his tax returns, suggesting that he was hiding “something terrible”.

When the Democratic candidate accused Donald Trump of not paying federal income tax, he replied: “That makes me smart.”

Hillary Clinton has publicly released nearly 40 years’ worth while Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, has released 10 years of his tax returns.

In its story, the New York Times says the three pages of documents were sent last month to one of its reporters who had written about Donald Trump’s finances.

A former accountant for Donald Trump, Jack Mitnick, whose name appears as Trump’s tax preparer of the filings, said the documents appeared to be authentic copies of portions of the 1995 returns, according to the newspaper.

On October 1, the Trump campaign accused the New York Times of being “an extension of the Clinton campaign”.

Donald Trump, the campaign added, was a “highly skilled businessman who has a fiduciary responsibility to his business, his family and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required.

“That being said, Mr. Trump has paid hundreds of millions of dollars in property taxes, sales and excise taxes, real estate taxes, city taxes, state taxes, employee taxes and federal taxes, along with very substantial charitable contributions.”

Since 1976, every major party presidential nominee has released tax returns.

Hillary Clinton has accused Donald Trump of violating US laws, after a report said the Republican presidential candidate broke a trade embargo with Cuba.

According to a Newsweek report, Donald Trump’s company secretly conducted business in Cuba, violating the US trade embargo against the country.

His company allegedly spent at least $68,000 in Cuba in 1998.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said the money was not paid, and that he was against deals with Cuba.

The New York billionaire has also repeatedly said he had rejected offers to invest in Cuba.

The Newsweek report says Donald Trump’s company funneled the cash through a US consulting company to make it appear legal.

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Hillary Clinton said: “We have laws in our country, and the efforts that Trump was making to get into the Cuban market – putting his business interests ahead of the laws of the United States and the requirements that businesses were operating under with sanctions shows that he puts his personal and business interests ahead of the laws and values and the policies of the United States of America.”

Marco Rubio, the Cuban-American senator from Florida who has endorsed Donald Trump, said: “This is something they’re going to have to give a response to.

“I mean, it was a violation of American law, if that’s how it happened.”

“I hope the Trump campaign is going to come forward and answer some questions about this, because if what the article says is true – and I’m not saying that it is, we don’t know with 100% certainty – I’d be deeply concerned about it,” Marco Rubio told a podcast hosted by ESPN and ABC.

Newsweek‘s front-page – citing company records, interviews with former Trump executives and court filings – alleges that Donald Trump’s company, then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, sent a consulting firm to Havana on its behalf in search of business opportunities.

The publication says Donald Trump’s senior officers disguised the cash by making it appear that the trip was connected to a Catholic charity.

If the consulting firm spent US money during the visit, without permission from the government, it would have directly violated the Cuban embargo, which remains in place to this day despite a warming in US-Cuba ties.

Speaking on ABC earlier on September 29, Kellyanne Conway initially said: “As I understand from the story, they paid money in 1998.”

Later in the same interview, Donald Trump’s campaign manager said: “Did his hotel invest in 1998 in Cuba? No.”

There has been no further statement from the Trump campaign.

Kellyanne Conway referred to comments Donald Trump has made in the past that were critical of the Cuban regime, and supportive of the embargo.

In a 1999 column in The Miami Herald, Donald Trump wrote that he had snubbed chances to do business in Cuba, saying: “It would place me directly at odds with the longstanding US policy of isolating Fidel Castro. I had a choice to make: huge profits or human rights. For me, it was a no-brainer.”

Hillary Clinton has received another Republican endorsement from former Virginia Senator John Warner, two days after the first presidential debate.

The Democratic candidate was also backed by the Arizona Republic newspaper, the first time it has supported a Democrat since its founding in 1890.

Meanwhile Donald Trump says September 26 debate has led to record fundraising for his campaign.

Speaking on September 27 at a rally in Melbourne, Florida, Donald Trump said that $18 million had been raised in the day since the debate was held.

The Trump campaign is planning to increase advertising spending before the election, and is reportedly considering asking the candidate to make his largest personal financial contribution yet towards it.

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John Warner represented Virginia in the Senate for five terms between 1979 and 2009. He also served as Secretary of the Navy and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Speaking alongside Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, John Warner said that he was “distressed” by Donald Trump’s words, and that the Republican nominee does not have respect for the military.

This is the first time John Warner has endorsed a Democrat for president.

Other Republicans to have supported Hillary Clinton include Larry Pressler, a former governor and senator from South Dakota, and former Minnesota governor Arne Carlson.

Today’s endorsement by the Arizona Republic’s editorial board is the latest from a typically Republican-leaning newspaper.

Hillary Clinton has already been endorsed by the conservative-leaning newspapers such as the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“Since The Arizona Republic began publication in 1890, we have never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president. Never. This reflects a deep philosophical appreciation for conservative ideals and Republican principles. This year is different. The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified,” the editorial in the Republic, Arizona’s largest, says.

Donald Trump has yet to receive the backing of a major publication, with some papers choosing to instead endorse libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

Hillary Clinton is campaigning today in New Hampshire alongside her former rival for the Democratic ticket, Bernie Sanders, who represents the nearby state of Vermont in the Senate.

Donald Trump is campaigning in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.