The Latest: Trump vows to 'make America safe again'

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Posted: Jul 08, 2016 7:52 PM
The Latest: Trump vows to 'make America safe again'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest developments in the presidential campaign (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

Donald Trump is vowing to "make America safe again" and calling for national unity.

The Republican presidential contender posted a video on Facebook Friday evening to address the week's killings of five police officers and two black men.

He called on the nation to "stand in solidarity with law enforcement," saying, "A brutal attack on our police force is an attack on our country, and an attack on our families."

Law enforcement, he said, "is the force between civilization and total chaos."

He also addressed the police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. Their deaths, he said, "make clear how much more work we have to do to make every American feel that their safety is protected."

Trump finished his brief remarks by saying: "Now is the time for prayers, love, unity and leadership. Our children deserve a better future than what we're making them live through today. But to get them there, we must work together and stand together. We will make America safe again."

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6:35 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says the nation must not "vilify" police officers or become "indifferent" to the ongoing deaths of black Americans at the hands of police.

Clinton says in a speech to the African Methodist Episcopal Church Convention in Philadelphia that white Americans need to do a better job of listening when African-Americans talk about "the seen and unseen barriers" they face every day.

She says more Americans need to walk in the shoes of black Americans and police officers alike.

The Democratic presidential candidate says she will work on gun violence on "Day One" if she's elected president, adding, "I want you to know when the 24-hour news cycle moves on, I won't."

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6:20 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers demonstrate there is "something wrong with our country." She is decrying "too much violence, too much hate" and "too much senseless killing."

Clinton says in a speech to the African Methodist Episcopal Church Convention in Philadelphia that the nation must do more listening after the police shootings and recent police-involved deaths in Louisiana and Minnesota.

The Democratic presidential candidate says there is too little trust between police and communities and people are "crying out" for criminal justice reform and relief from gun violence.

Clinton says if elected president she will develop national guidelines on the use of force by police officers. She was speaking after postponing a planned rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with Vice President Joe Biden.

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4:10 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is deflecting criticism from FBI Director James Comey that she was "careless" in handling classified information in emails, saying she relied on experienced State Department professionals who were careful in their handling of sensitive materials.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said in an interview Friday on CNN that she was relieved by Comey's decision not to file a criminal referral to the Justice Department after a yearlong investigation. Clinton reiterated her earlier acknowledgements that using a private server and using private email accounts were mistakes.

Asked by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer if Comey's assessment that she careless was accurate, Clinton did not answer directly. But she said she relied on colleagues who had long experience in handling classified material.

Clinton said, "The professionals with whom I communicated were very careful in how I handled such material."

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3:50 p.m.

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton says his department declined a request by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to attend a police roll call Friday.

Bratton said during a news conference Friday that his department is not interested in getting involved in the politics of the moment. He added that we are "not in the business of providing photo ops for candidates."

But Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told The Associated Press that neither Trump nor his campaign staff asked to address the roll call.

Bratton said he would be happy to brief Trump on the department's actions in the wake of Thursday night's attacks on Dallas police, adding that presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had made just such a request. He did not say if that had happened.

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1:50 p.m.

Donald Trump is to appear with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at a fundraiser next week.

Pence is considered a leading candidate to be Trump's running mate, and he's listed as a host of Tuesday's Indianapolis event on an invitation obtained by The Associated Press. A Pence spokesman confirmed the governor's plans to attend the private fundraiser. Tickets range from $2,700 per person to $250,000 per couple.

Pence is also set to appear with Trump at an Indianapolis-area rally after the fundraiser.

An appearance by Pence would be the latest in a series of apparent auditions for Trump's vice presidential prospects.

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich both appeared at rallies with Trump this week. Corker has since withdrawn his name from consideration.

And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is also being vetted for the post, was set to appear with Trump in Miami on Friday before the event was cancelled because of the mass shooting in Dallas. Trump is expected to name his choice in the coming days.

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10:15 a.m.

Donald Trump says he won't stand for it if it turns out some of his hats labelled "Made in USA" actually weren't made in the USA.

The baseball-style "Make America Great Again" hats are indeed stitched together at a small factory in the Los Angeles area.

But in a small sample tested by The Associated Press and an outside expert, at least one did not contain the specific type of American-made fabric the manufacturer insists is always used for the hats.

The true origin of the fabric in that hat remains a mystery — whether U.S. or foreign made. It shows how difficult it can be to verify something is actually made in the U.S.

Informed of AP's findings, Trump said any misrepresentation would be unacceptable. He says: "I pay a good price for that hat. If it's not made in the USA, we'll bring a lawsuit."

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9:30 a.m.

In the shadow of the deadly police attacks in Dallas, Donald Trump is saying "our nation is too divided."

Trump says in a statement "we must restore law and order in our country" and "we must restore the confidence of people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street."

Trump also made his first mention of the two black men killed by police this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. Their deaths prompted the protest in Dallas interrupted by the shootings that killed five police officers.

Trump said the "senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota" are a reminder "how much more needs to be done."

He says "too many Americans feel like they've lost hope" and "racial tensions have gotten worse, not better."

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9:15 a.m.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump responded on Twitter to the deadly assault on Dallas police.

Clinton tweets: "I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them."

Trump tweeted earlier: "Prayers and condolences to all of the families who are so thoroughly devastated by the horrors we are all watching take place in our country."

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9 a.m.

The deadly attack on Dallas police has sidelined some campaign events Friday by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Clinton postponed her first campaign appearance with Vice President Joe Biden following the shootings. Her campaign says that "due to the tragic events in Dallas" the Scranton, Pennsylvania, event and a fundraiser with Biden will not go ahead Friday. The Democratic presidential candidate is still expected to address the shootings later Friday at an appearance with the African Methodist Episcopal Convention in Philadelphia.

Trump has canceled a trip to Miami for the same reason.

He'd been scheduled to meet Hispanic business and community leaders before delivering a speech entitled "Succeeding Together."

In an earlier tweet, Trump offered "Prayers and condolences to all of the families who are so thoroughly devastated by the horrors we are all watching take place in our country."

Five Dallas police officers were killed after sniper fire broke out while hundreds of people protested fatal police shootings of two black men this week in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Clinton campaigned with President Barack Obama on Tuesday and her appearance with Biden in Pennsylvania, a general election battleground state, had been aimed at building party unity before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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8:30 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is postponing her first campaign appearance with Vice President Joe Biden following the fatal shootings of police officers in Dallas.

Clinton's campaign says that "due to the tragic events in Dallas" the Scranton, Pennsylvania, event and a fundraiser with Biden will not go ahead Friday. The Democratic presidential candidate is expected to address the shootings later Friday at an appearance with the African Methodist Episcopal Convention in Philadelphia.

Five police officers were killed after sniper fire broke out while hundreds of people protested fatal police shootings of two black men this week in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Clinton campaigned with President Barack Obama on Tuesday and her appearance with Biden in Pennsylvania, a general election battleground state, was aimed at building party unity before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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7:20 a.m.

After the fatal shootings of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, and now the deadly attack on police in Dallas, Donald Trump is lamenting the violence.

He says in an early morning tweet: "Prayers and condolences to all of the families who are so thoroughly devastated by the horrors we are all watching take place in our country."

Five police officers died, among 11 officers who were shot, in what Dallas authorities call a sniper attack Thursday night. The attack came during a peaceful protest over the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.

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