The Latest: Images in Trump tweet on neo-Nazi website

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Posted: Jul 03, 2016 4:57 PM
The Latest: Images in Trump tweet on neo-Nazi website

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

5:50 p.m.

A version of the anti-Hillary Clinton image tweeted by Donald Trump that featured a six-point star resembling the Star of David atop a pile of money appeared earlier on a white supremacist website.

Trump's account tweeted - then deleted - the so-called "meme" Saturday shortly after a social media uproar about potentially anti-Semitic undertones.

The meme first appears to have hit the internet on June 15, when it was posted by Twitter user @FishBoneHead1. The now-deleted account has described itself as belonging to a comedian and regularly tweeted out provocative and offensive content.

The image appeared a week later on a neo-Nazi internet message board, /pol/, that features anti-Semitic posts. The image's appearance on that site was first reported by mic.com.

It's unclear where the Trump campaign found the image.

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2:20 p.m.

A spokesman for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says the governor and his wife met with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his wife Saturday.

Pence spokesman Marc Lotter said Sunday that the two couples had a "warm, productive" meeting before Pence returned to Indiana.

Lotter said they discussed policies Pence has used in Indiana. But the spokesman said "nothing was offered" when asked if Trump discussed the possibility of Pence becoming his running mate.

Lotter referred all other questions to Trump's campaign.

Trump has never held public office and is considering a small group of political veterans as potential running mates.

People with direct knowledge of Trump's vetting process say the list includes Pence, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions.

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1:50 p.m.

Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham — best known for their conservative politics and support for the military — are knocking their presumptive presidential nominee's handle on foreign affairs. And Graham is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton's plan for no-fly zones in Syria.

In a televised interview from the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, McCain says he didn't think either candidate had the "necessary strategy and outlook" to succeed as commander in chief.

Graham says Donald Trump's comments on accepting the Syrian regime "tells me he has no idea what that means for the region." Graham says Clinton's no-fly zone in Syria is a "great step in the right direction."

The senators spoke on CBS "Face the Nation." McCain has said he will support the GOP nominee, but Graham has said he won't vote for either.

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12:30 p.m.

Hillary Clinton and her surrogates are campaigning explicitly on the idea of her trustworthiness. It's a remarkable vulnerability that persists for the presumptive nominee despite after four decades in public life.

Clinton's other supporters were driving the trust tour across the Sunday news shows. Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio used the word 'trust' in their appearances Sunday, and Clinton herself said in an interview taped just after her FBI interview Saturday that she has "work to do" to earn the trust of U.S. voters.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden are set to drive that message this week in separate campaign appearances with Clinton.

Still looming is the FBI report on Clinton's private email server as secretary of State.

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10:10 a.m.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is no longer flatly denying that he's being vetted as a potential running mate for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Booker has said in recent weeks that it was flattering to be mentioned but that he wasn't being vetted.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Booker now says "If you have a question like that, please direct it to the Clinton campaign."

It's possible that Democrats won't want Booker plucked from his Senate seat: New Jersey's Republican governor, Chris Christie, would pick Booker's replacement if he leaves for the White House. Democrats are hoping to win the majority in the Senate this election and might not want to take that chance.

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2:44 a.m.

Hillary Clinton's interview with the FBI may signal that the Justice Department is nearing the end of its yearlong probe of her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

The controversy has hung over her White House bid and provided an angle of attack for Republican Donald Trump and other critics.

The Clinton campaign says the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democratic Party gave a voluntary interview for 3 1/2 hours Saturday at FBI headquarters in Washington. Spokespeople for the FBI and the Justice Department have declined to comment.

Clinton tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that she has no knowledge of any timeline for the review. She won't comment on whether officials gave her an indication that charges would not be filed.