Clinton's lead over Trump narrows to nine points: Reuters/Ipsos

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump warned Wednesday that Hillary Clinton's "radical immigration platform" would hurt the same minority communities that she claims to be fighting for on the campaign trail, as the NY billionaire moved to turn the 2016 election into a referendum on the Democratic standard-bearer.

"This election will decide whether we're ruled by the people or the politicians", Trump said, standing before a friendly audience in a ballroom at his hotel in New York's SoHo neighbourhood.

Previewing his speech with a round of television interviews, Trump again claimed the former secretary of State has used her position to solicit contributions to the Clinton Foundation she sponsors along with former president Bill Clinton.

"While Hillary Clinton lays out her vision for an America that is stronger together with an economy that works for everyone and not just those at the top, Donald Trump can't help himself from rehashing and recycling more exhausted and old nonsense from books that already have been debunked", Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin said.

In a speech in NY, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee spent about 40 minutes blasting Clinton's qualifications for the presidency, highlighting her tenure as secretary of state.

On Tuesday, during an appearance in Columbus, Ohio, Clinton attacked Trump on what the real estate mogul has touted as his greatest strength: his business background.

"So they say, 'Oh you'll start a trade war.' You know what?"

One of the reasons, advisers said, was that Lewandowski blocked new hires for a campaign that many people believe is inadequately staffed for a general election.

On the sidelines of the Raleigh event, travelling press secretary Nick Merrill said the campaign was "not surprised or unhappy" with the Trump address 'because he makes stuff up and yells about it'.

"I've always had a talent for building business and importantly for creating jobs, that's a talent our country desperately needs", Trump said.

She talked about the economy....and specifically, how she thinks presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump wreck it. "That is a talent our country desperately needs".

Latino radio host Enrique Santos told Hillary Clinton during an interview that not only did his family not plan on voting for her, but then began listing the brutal reasons as to why they'd rather go with Donald Trump.

Republican critics said Trump's problems are self-inflicted, and they still hope to somehow head off his nomination at next month's convention in Cleveland. Trump asserted that Clinton was responsible for the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens during a 2012 attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and he blamed her for sending jobs overseas.

If Mr Trump will be a more polished candidate with the change of campaign leadership announced this week, it seems clear he will be no less the brash, braggadocious candidate that stormed through the Republican primary season.

And he said Clinton may be disqualified from the presidency on the basis that the emails on her private email server may have been hacked by foreign enemies - though there's no evidence of such a breach.

Trump also faulted Clinton over the economy, free trade and some of her campaign contributions.

Trump, who prides himself as a counter-puncher, had let that attack pass with remarkably low intensity push back.



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