The Latest: Trump yanks Washington Post credentials

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Posted: Jun 13, 2016 5:30 PM
The Latest: Trump yanks Washington Post credentials

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT):

5:17 p.m.

Donald Trump says his presidential campaign is revoking credentials provided to The Washington Post.

Trump writes on his Facebook page that, "Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post."

He writes that he's "no fan of" President Barack Obama, but faults the Post for a headline posted Monday that he says read, "Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting."

The headline on the story Monday afternoon read, "Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting."

Trump said in an interview on Fox News Channel Monday morning that when it comes to fighting terrorism, the president "doesn't get it or, or he gets it better than anybody understands."

A Post photographer and reporter attended Trump's speech in New Hampshire Monday afternoon without issue.

In a statement, Post editor Martin Baron says, "Donald Trump's decision to revoke The Washington Post's press credentials is nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press. When coverage doesn't correspond to what the candidate wants it to be, then a news organization is banished. The Post will continue to cover Donald Trump as it has all along - honorably, honestly, accurately, energetically, and unflinchingly. We're proud of our coverage, and we're going to keep at it."


4:34 p.m.

Bernie Sanders is expected to spend his final primary night with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton ?— not before thousands of cheering supporters —? as he seeks to influence the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's agenda against Republican Donald Trump.

Sanders plans to meet privately with Clinton in Washington on Tuesday evening as the District of Columbia holds the last primary of the Democratic race. It's not clear when, or whether, he will exit the Democratic race.

The Vermont senator has suggested an endorsement will not come immediately and has said he hopes to learn more about the kind of platform Clinton will support.

After spending a long weekend in Vermont, Sanders will meet Tuesday with Senate Democrats during their weekly luncheon.

It will be a follow up on meetings Sanders held last week with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the party's incoming Senate leader.


3:11 p.m.

Donald Trump is claiming that the gunman in the Orlando mass shooting was an Afghanistan native — even though the suspect was born in New York City.

Trump made the claim in his speech in Manchester, New Hampshire Monday. He said the gunman, who has been identified as Omar Mateen, was "born an Afghan." The shooter was born in Queens to parents who emigrated from Afghanistan.

It's possible Trump misspoke. The false claim that Mateen was born in Afghanistan is not included in Trump's prepared remarks distributed by the campaign during Monday's speech.


2:52 p.m.

Donald Trump says he wants to "suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism."

It wasn't immediately clear whether Trump was proposing a change from his long-standing proposal to temporarily bar foreign Muslims entering the U.S.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee also called on Muslims in the U.S. to work with law enforcement on finding potential attackers.

He made the proposal Monday in Manchester, New Hampshire, a day after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history in Orlando.

The presumptive Republican nominee called for an overhaul of the nation's immigration system and said that "we have to control our borders now — not later, now."


2:48 p.m.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is attacking Hilary Clinton by name in his speech in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting.

Clinton did not mention Trump by name in her speech an hour earlier.

During a national security speech in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump repeatedly criticized Clinton's immigration plan, her attempts to tighten the nation's gun control laws and for not using the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" when describing recent attackers.

He also said national intelligence officers are "not being allowed to do their jobs" due to restrictions imposed upon them by President Barack Obama's administration.


2:33 p.m.

Donald Trump is opening his speech in the wake of the night club murders in Orlando with a moment of silence and prayers for the city's gay and lesbian community.

He says the nation's deadliest mass murder is, "an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want and express their identity."

The presumptive Republican nominee also called again for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. for an indeterminate time.

He says he will "suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism" against the U.S. or its allies.

Trump adds, "We have no choice."


1:35 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is calling on Americans to "get back to the spirit of 9/12," the day after the worst attacks on U.S. soil, when Americans came together with the world to condemn terrorism.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee noted that then-Republican President George W. Bush traveled to a Muslim community center six days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and told Americans then that any retribution against Muslim Americans would not stand.

Her likely Republican presidential rival, Donald Trump, was the clear subtext to her speech. He has called for banning Muslims for an indeterminate time and congratulated himself on predicting more mass shootings like the one in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.


1:27 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says the deadly shooting in Orlando is "a moment when all Americans need to stand together."

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee says the U.S. should attack home-grown terrorism with "clear eyes" and "steady hands."

Clinton says in Cleveland that nation's biggest mass killing breaks the nation's collective heart, tears at the country's sense of security and infuriates Americans.

She says the attack shows that the Islamic State cannot be contained but must be defeated. She says the country faces a "twisted ideology and a poisoned psychology" that inspires the so-called "lone wolf" and vows to make identifying and prosecuting these types of attackers a top priority.


8:41 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump says "terrible intelligence-gathering" is hampering efforts to protect the United States.

"This is a case of surveillance," he said on CNN. "You will find that many people that knew him (the Orlando shooter) felt that he was a whack job."

Trump also said in a phone-interview with NBC's "Today" show that he would not support a ban on the sale of assault-style rifles in the wake of the weekend massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

He told the network "there are millions" of such weapons already in circulation and said he didn't think instituting a ban would help.

"Absolutely, I wouldn't" support such a prohibition, the real estate mogul said, "because people need protection."

He said a ban essentially would mean "the bad guys would have assault rifles and the people needing protection will be standing there with BB guns."

Trump harshly criticized President Barack Obama for referring Sunday to a "terror" attack without going further. "He's not calling it what it is," Trump said. "This is radical Islamic terrorism. He doesn't want to properly describe it. And if you don't want to discuss it and describe it, you're not going to solve the problem."


8:26 a.m.

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, says the United States shouldn't fall into the "trap set by the gun lobby" that suggests if you can't stop all shootings, you don't try to stop any.

If elected, Clinton said she would push for laws that prevent people on America's no-fly list from buying weapons. She also wants tougher restrictions on "weapons of war," like the assault-style rifles used in Orlando and San Bernardino, California.

A gunman identified as Omar Mateen opened fire insided a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday, killing 49 people before dying in a police shootout.

Clinton said she would also set up a federal team dedicated exclusively to addressing "lone wolf" attacks and work closer with technology companies to prevent "online radicalization."

Clinton made her remarks on NBC "Today" and CBS "This Morning."


8:19 a.m.

Two key House members, one Democrat and one Republican, say talk about banning Muslims from the U.S. plays into Islamic State rhetoric.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said "we need to resist doing things that are counterproductive." He cited presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's proposed temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the country.

Schiff said "these statements of banning Muslims play right into the ISIS narrative," using an acronym for the Islamic State group, and are "amazingly counterproductive." They also are used by Islamic State as a recruiting tool, he said.

A law enforcement official has said the gunman who opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and wounding more than 50 made a 911 call from the nightclub professing allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a deputy Republican whip, said advocating a Muslim ban "is bad" and that the U.S. should focus on the larger tasks of destroying Islamic State and preventing radicalization.

Schiff and Kinzinger spoke Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."


8:08 a.m.

Hillary Clinton says she isn't shying away from using the term "radical Islamism" to describe the attack in Orlando and that she has a plan to address the threat. But, she adds, singling out a specific religion and trying to demonize its followers won't protect the United States from the next attack.

Her likely Republican opponent, Donald Trump, has criticized President Barack Obama for not using the term and suggested political correctness hurts Democrats' ability to go after terrorists.

Clinton, in a phone interview Monday, told NBC "Today" that she has a plan to defend the nation from "lone wolf" attacks. But "I'm not going to demonize and demagogue" like Trump because "it's plain dangerous."

The FBI says a total of 50 people were left dead, including gunman Omar Mateen, in the shooting inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday.


3:57 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump plans Monday to further address the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history in a campaign speech originally intended to attack the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

The switch comes a day after Trump called for Clinton to drop out of the race for president if she didn't use the words "radical Islam" to describe the Florida nightclub massacre.

A gunman wielding an assault-style rifle and handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with police. More than 50 more people were wounded, many in critical condition.