The Latest: Clinton says Israel's security vital to the US

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Posted: Sep 25, 2016 8:54 PM
The Latest: Clinton says Israel's security vital to the US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Campaign 2016 on the eve of Monday's presidential debate at 9:00 p.m. on MSNBC from Hofstra University (all times local):

8:50 p.m.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says a "strong and secure Israel" is vital to the United States. Her comment came after Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York City on Sunday evening.

Reporters were barred from covering the meeting. Clinton's campaign said in a statement released afterward that she "reaffirmed her unwavering commitment" to the U.S.-Israel relationship. Clinton also stressed her support for the new military aid agreement reached earlier in September and her commitment to countering efforts to boycott Israel.

Republican rival Donald Trump met with Netanyahu for more than an hour at his residence in the Trump Tower on Sunday morning, according to Israeli and campaign officials. Both meetings come on the eve of the first presidential debate.

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6:50 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York City on Sunday evening.

Her Republican rival, Donald Trump, met with the Israeli leader for more than an hour at his residence in the Trump Tower on Sunday morning, according to Israeli and campaign officials. Both meetings come on the eve of the first presidential debate.

Reporters were barred from covering either meeting. Trump's campaign said in a statement released afterward the two discussed topics important to both nations.

The Israeli leader has sought to project neutrality after perceptions arose in 2012 that he favored Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama .

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11:22 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan disagrees with Donald Trump's recent statement that things have been "absolutely in the worst shape that they've ever been in before" for blacks living in America's inner cities.

Ryan responded Sunday, "I don't see it that way, that's not how I would describe it."

On CBS' "Face the Nation," Ryan then praised Trump for making appeals to black voters.

Ryan said Republicans like himself need "to go in communities where we don't expect to get a single vote" to gain perspective and come up with solutions.

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10:35 a.m.

Don't look for Gennifer Flowers in the audience at Monday's kickoff presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

That's according to a transcript by "Fox News Sunday," in which Trump's vice presidential running mate Mike Pence says "Gennifer Flowers will not be attending the debate tomorrow night."

Pence spoke after Trump tweeted Saturday that he might ask Flowers to sit in the audience. Flowers claimed that she and Clinton's husband, Bill, had a long-term affair. The allegation nearly derailed Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. He acknowledged having caused pain in his marriage and went on to win two terms as president.

Earlier Sunday, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on ABC's "This Week" that Flowers has a right to attend the debate if "somebody else gives her a ticket."

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10:06 a.m.

Donald Trump is meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York.

The prime minister was spotted entering Trump Tower shortly before 10:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday. The prime minister is also expected to meet with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton later in the day.

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10:03 a.m.

Hillary Clinton's campaign is defending immunity deals granted to her aides in exchange on to hand over their old laptops as part of the FBI's investigation into her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.

Clinton campaign strategist Joel Benenson said on the eve of the first presidential debate that the immunity deals were "fairly routine" when witnesses are turning over personal files to law enforcement. The issue could come up Monday night. On ABC's "This Week," Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway cited the immunity deal as an example of why Clinton has a trust deficit with Americans.

The Associated Press first reported Friday that three additional former State Department staffers got immunity agreements as part of the FBI investigation, including Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills.

The immunity agreements were limited in scope and did not cover statements made to investigators or potential testimony before Congress.

Conway spoke on ABC's "This Week."

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9:22 a.m.

Will Gennifer Flowers attend the first debate between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? Only if someone other than Trump's campaign invites her.

That's according to Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway. She tells CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that "we don't expect her to be there as a guest of the Trump campaign." But on ABC's "This Week," Conway said Flowers has a right to attend "if somebody else gives her a ticket."

Flowers claims she had a lengthy affair with Bill Clinton while he served as governor. The accusation nearly derailed his presidential bid in 1992. Bill Clinton acknowledged having caused pain in his marriage.

Conway says Trump's tweeted threat to put Flowers in the audience was merely countering the prospect of billionaire Mark Cuban, a harsh Trump critic, attending the debate.

Conway says voters deserve and expect a debate about issues such as the economy, health care, terrorism and national security.

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9:40 a.m.

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are expected to meet separately in New York with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The meeting could set the tone for future relations between Israel and the next White House administration. The Israeli leader has sought to project neutrality this time after perceptions arose that he favored Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama in 2012.

The one-on-one discussions will follow what was likely Netanyahu's final meeting with Obama last week, capping what has been a sometimes rocky relationship between the leaders of the two allies.

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This version corrects attribution to Pence's remark that Gennifer Flowers will not attend Monday night's debate. Pence made the remark on "Fox News Sunday," not CBS' "Face the Nation."