From a Cleveland restaurant to Ohio’s largest county fair, Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence campaigned in Democratic northeastern Ohio. They were well-received and came out largely unscathed — that is, until Trump spoke to reporters on his plane and was forced to answer questions about immigration, debate prep and Trump University, reports CBS News correspondent Major Garrett.
At a morning roundtable with union workers, Trump turned his attention to China’s perceived diplomatic snub of President Obama, calling his unceremonious exit from Air Force One a sign of weakness.
“They have pictures of other leaders that are going there and they’re coming down with a beautiful red carpet, and Obama’s coming down a metal stair case,” Trump said.
On the same day Clinton allowed reporters to start flying on her campaign plane, Trump summoned reporters to his private jet for the first time in months and offered little clarity on his now-wobbly promise to deport undocumented immigrants who committed no other crimes.
“I’m not ruling out anything. No. No. I am not going to rule out, no,” he said.
Agreeing to attend all three presidential debates, the Republican nominee called too much preparation risky.
“I’ve seen people do so much prep work that when they get out there, they can’t speak. I’ve seen that,” Trump said.
Trump also denied his foundation made a political contribution in order to discourage Florida attorney general Pam Bondi from joining a fraud suit against Trump University.
“I’ve just known Pam Bondi for years, I have a lot of respect for her. Never spoke to her about that at all,” Trump said.
Bondi did solicit the donation and never pursued the case against Trump University. Trump claimed that Bondi didn’t take the case, and no attorney general would, because it is a case he will win. Trump’s foundation recently paid a $2,500 IRS fine for making and failing to disclose the contribution.
Trump campaigns today in Virginia and North Carolina.
By CBS This Morning
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