The Latest: Trump says he’ll look into issue of Crimea


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT):

2:05 p.m.

Donald Trump says, if elected, he’ll look into whether Russia was justified in seizing control of the Ukranian region of Crimea.

When asked at a press conference Wednesday whether he would recognize Crimea as Russian territory and if he would consider lifting sanctions against Moscow, Trump said: “We’ll be looking at that. Yeah, we’ll be looking.”

President Barack Obama and the other NATO leaders have accused Russia of “destabilizing actions and politics,” including its 2014 annexation of Crimea. The act fueled angst in the Eastern Europe about Russian aggression.

Earlier this month, Trump suggested the U.S. could abandon its NATO treat commitments in some cases.

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1:15 p.m.

He’s being roundly panned for suggesting Russia find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails, but Donald Trump is doubling down on that call.

The Republican presidential nominee tweeted: “If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!” That was after Trump made the suggestion that, “Russia if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

Republicans from Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, to House Speaker Paul Ryan have tersely responded that Russia should stay out of U.S. elections or face serious consequences.

But former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tweeted: “The media seems more upset by Trump’s joke about Russian hacking than by the fact that Hillary’s personal server was vulnerable to Russia.”

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12:48 p.m.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is denouncing Donald Trump’s call for Russia or any other foreign power to attempt to recover the Democratic presidential nominee’s missing emails.

Trump, in an extraordinary press conference Wednesday, said: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

He later repeatedly declined to condemn any international attempt to hack into Clinton’s account.

Jake Sullivan, a senior policy adviser to the Clinton campaign, responded by saying “this has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent.”

“That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts,” Sullivan said in a statement. “This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

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12:47 p.m.

A spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan says Russian President Vladimir Putin should stay out of the U.S. presidential election.

The brief statement from Brendan Buck on Wednesday comes as Democrats insinuated that Russia hacked DNC emails and Republican Donald Trump’s call for Russia to infiltrate Hillary Clinton’s email, an unprecedented suggestion to a foreign power to conduct cyberspying on a presidential candidate.

Buck said in a statement: “Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug. Putin should stay out of this election.”

Ryan is backing Trump’s candidacy though he has been tepid in his endorsement, calling out the nominee on immigration and other issues.

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12:24 p.m.

Donald Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, are sending some mixed signals fewer than two weeks into their partnership.

The Republican presidential nominee first called on Russia to find the missing emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal server, since they probably contain “some beauties.”

Later Pence said in a statement there should be “serious consequences” if Russia is found to be interfering in the U.S. electoral process.

Pence added that “both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences” to any hacking. He was responding to the breach of Democratic National Committee computers.

Trump said he has no relationship to Russian President Vladimir Putin and does not know if Russia or some other country, such as China, is responsible for the DNC breach.

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12:20 p.m.

A Hillary Clinton delegate from Tennessee has been booted from the Democratic National Convention after being accused by a Bernie Sanders supporter of becoming overly aggressive.

Tennessee Democratic Party spokesman Spencer Bowers is quoted by news media outlets as saying that Jerry Ogle of Monroe County had his credentials revoked after an incident with Sanders delegate Amanda Kruel of Knoxville.

Kruel said Ogle assaulted her at the convention Monday because he was angry that she was supporting Sanders. Kruel says Ogle grabbed her by the shoulders, twisted her around and told her to ‘Act like a Democrat.”

Ogle was quoted by The Tennessean as saying that he only tapped Kruel on the shoulder and did not forcefully grab her. Still, he admitted to the newspaper that his actions were inappropriate.

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12:15 p.m.

On Day Three of the Democratic National Convention, look for prime time speeches from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic vice presidential pick Tim Kaine.

Party officials said Wednesday’s speakers will focus on the theme of Hillary Clinton’s “experience and steadiness to bring Americans together.”

Other prominent speakers include former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former defense secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta.

Taking the podium just before Obama will be Sharon Belkofer, whose son was killed in 2010 when his army was attacked by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

Earlier in the evening, there will be remarks from Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard, two survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

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11:55 a.m.

Donald Trump says he has a “real problem” with Hillary Clinton’s access to security briefings as a presidential nominee, saying she is “probably hacked.”

Speaking to reporters in Miami Wednesday, Trump suggested that Clinton is a security risk because she used a private email server while secretary of state. The FBI found that government secrets passed through the server in her home when she blended official and personal work. FBI Director Eric Holder said he did not charge Clinton because the probe found no intent to expose classified information.

Trump on Wednesday expressed outrage that she is receiving briefings through “people with great knowledge of the inner workings of our country and our security.”

Republican and Democratic presidential nominees get national security briefings in part so they are ready to govern if elected.

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11:52 a.m.

Donald Trump says that President Barack Obama has been “the most ignorant president in our history” and “a disaster.”

Trump is lashing out at the president at a press conference in Florida.

Obama has cast Trump as dangerous and unprepared to lead the country. The president said in an interview that aired Wednesday that Trump lacks “basic knowledge about the world” and has shown no interest in learning more about it.

Trump, in turn, says the president has been a “disaster” who came into office knowing nothing and knows less today.

He says Obama, “will go down as one of the worst presidents in history.”

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11:40 a.m.

Donald Trump says his son will not run for mayor of New York City next year.

Trump, the GOP nominee for president, said Wednesday that his son Donald Trump Jr. “likes to win” and suggested that it would be difficult for any Republican to be elected in the heavily Democratic city.

Trump Jr. has been floated as a possible challenger to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017 since his well-received speech in support of his father at the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland.

Anthony Weiner, the former congressman who has twice run unsuccessfully for mayor, said this week that he would come out of political retirement to beat Trump Jr “like a rented mule” if he ran.

Donald Trump responded that Weiner, who resigned his seat after a sexting scandal, is a “pervert.”

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11:37 a.m.

Donald Trump says that he has been approached by Russian developers to build properties in Russia, but he turned them down.

Speaking to reporters in Miami, Trump said he was approached by Russian developers “who wanted us to put a lot of money” when he held the Miss Universe beauty pageant in Russia a few years ago.

He wouldn’t elaborate on his decision not to partner with them, saying only that he decided against it.

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11:17 a.m.

Donald Trump is saying his campaign will soon publish a list of countries from which immigrants will need to undergo “extreme vetting” before entering the United States.

Trump, speaking Wednesday at a press conference in Florida, said, “We have people coming in this country with very evil intentions.” He added that, “we cannot let those people come in.”

Trump has been hard to pin down on his immigration plan, which he initially framed as a temporary ban on Muslims from entering the United States.

He has now said that people from any country that has been compromised by terrorism would be subject to tougher screening measures. He has not identified the countries but has said it could include traditional U.S. allies, such as France.

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11:12 a.m.

President Barack Obama says he feels great about the speech he’s delivering for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.

Asked about Wednesday night’s speech, Obama at first joked: “What’s happening tonight?”

Hearing no laughter from the group of White House reporters and photographers gathered in the Rose Garden, Obama clarified by saying “That was a joke. You look so serious.”

Before entering the West Wing, he said: “I feel great.”

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11:11 a.m.

Donald Trump has a message for Russia: Find Hillary Clinton’s emails.

In a press conference Wednesday, Trump said that the 30,000 missing emails from Clinton’s private email server would reveal “some beauties.”

He then issued a plea: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

Clinton’s campaign has said that Russia hacked computers belonging to the Democratic National Convention and released those emails on the eve of the party’s convention to benefit Trump’s candidacy. Trump dismissed the claims saying it’s not clear who hacked those emails, but the hacking is a sign that foreign countries no longer respect the U.S.

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11:10 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump says that he’d like to see the federal minimum wage raised to at least $10 — though he maintains he’d like to see the issue decided by the states.

Trump broke with many in his party with the call, delivered at a press conference in Florida Wednesday morning.

He gave a contradictory answer in an interview with Fox News Channel Tuesday, saying he “would leave it and raise it somewhat.”

“You need to help people and I know it’s not very Republican to say but you need to help people,” he said.

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11:06 a.m.

Donald Trump is dismissing claims made by Democrats that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee emails to benefit Trump’s campaign.

Responding to questions over whether Russia’s President Vladimir Putin might favor a Trump presidency, Trump told reporters he “never met Putin, I don’t know who Putin is.”

The Republican presidential nominee said the incident with the hacked emails demonstrates that Putin and other world leaders no longer respect the United States.

He said he’s never spoken to Putin and knows nothing about him “except that he’ll respect me.”

He said that it may not even be Russia behind the email breach and suggested China may be the culprit.

The emails revealed that DNC officials favored Hillary Clinton over her rival Bernie Sanders. The revelation that led to the resignation of the DNC chief, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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11:01 a.m.

Donald Trump says he knows “nothing about” the hack of Democratic National Committee emails that security experts believe may have originated in Russia.

Trump said Democrats are using the hack as a “total deflection” and are off-base in suggesting that the Republican nominee’s campaign had anything to do with the security breach.

Trump, speaking Wednesday in a news conference in Florida, said he’s more interested in the content of the emails revealed by the hack. Some revealed that DNC officials favored Hillary Clinton over her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders.

The celebrity businessman denied that he had any major investments in Russia and said that he would treat Russian President Vladimir Putin “firmly.” Trump, who has praised Putin in the past, reiterated his hope that the U.S. and Russia could have warmer relations.

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10:54 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump is kicking off a press conference at one of his golf clubs by criticizing rival Hillary Clinton’s reluctance to take questions from the press.

He says that Clinton is afraid to take questions.

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10:53 a.m.

Family members of victims in the Orlando nightclub shooting will appear at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday

Aides to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said the families will be part of an effort to talk about public safety. Also appearing will be former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was critically wounded in a mass shooting.

A gunman killed 49 people and injured dozens more at the Orlando nightclub last month.

On Tuesday night Democrats heard from a group of mothers who lost their children to gun violence or through contact with police.

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