Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends a rally in Kissimmee, Fla. on Aug. 11, 2016. (Photo: Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times via AP)"We're having a problem," Trump told the ministers, adding that the next president could get to nominate up to five high-court justices. "It could cost us the Supreme Court."
"At the end, it's either going to work, or I'm going to, you know, I'm going to have a very, very nice, long vacation."Yet on Thursday, Trump was reduced to citing a poll that actually showed him a few points behind Clinton and arguing the race between them was close. Asked how he planned to reverse Clinton's advantage, Trump said he simply planned to do "the same thing I'm doing right now." "At the end, it's either going to work, or I'm going to, you know, I'm going to have a very, very nice, long vacation," Trump told CNBC. Even while working to restore confidence in his campaign, Trump appeared to court controversy anew when he said late Thursday that he was open to trying Americans suspected of terrorism at the Guantanamo Bay detention
Utah challenges strikingIn Utah, typically a reliably Republican state, Trump's challenges have been particularly striking. The state's large Mormon population has voiced serious skepticism about Trump, though the state's GOP governor has endorsed him. "We've really been given a false narrative," Trump said of his struggles in Utah.
Meeting with GOP officialsTrump's campaign planned to sit down with RNC officials in Orlando on Friday. But both Republican Party officials and Trump's campaign said the meeting was focused on Florida campaign operations and not tensions between the campaign and the GOP. The officials weren't authorized to comment publicly and requested anonymity. Trump's unusually candid reflections about the uncertainty of his electoral prospects come as he's struggling to keep the focus on his opponent — Clinton — and avoid distractions.
Clinton slams his 'insults and bullying'Earlier this week he caused a major stir with comments about the Second Amendment that were perceived as advocating violence against Clinton, then faced questions yet again after declaring Wednesday that President Barack Obama was the "founder" of the Islamic State group — a patently false claim. It's comments like those that Clinton has seized to try to contrast her "serious, steady leadership" with the more volatile approach she says Trump would take to running the country. "I just do not think insults and bullying is how we are to get things done," Clinton said as she laid out her economic plan Thursday in Warren, Michigan. Associated Press writers Steve Peoples in Washington; Catherine Lucey in Warren, Michigan; and Jill Colvin in New Jersey contributed to this report.
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