The Latest: Wharton students sign ant-Trump letter


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on developments in the 2016 presidential campaign ahead of the Republican and Democratic nominating conventions (all times EDT):

11:42 a.m.

More than 2,000 students, alumni and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School have signed an open letter to Donald Trump saying they disagree with his rhetoric and policies.

The Republican presidential candidate graduated from Wharton in 1968 and has frequently touted his Ivy League education during the campaign.

The letter entitled, “You Do Not Represent Us,” says the signers are “deeply disappointed” in his candidacy. It says they reject his use of his Wharton education as a platform to promote “prejudice and intolerance.” It says his “insistence on exclusion and scapegoating would be bad for business and bad for the American economy. An intolerant America is a less productive, less innovative and less competitive America.”

An email seeking comment from Trump’s campaign wasn’t’ immediately returned Monday.

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11:18 a.m.

A powerful labor union that previously supported Bernie Sanders is now backing Hillary Clinton for president.

The Communications Workers of America formally endorsed Clinton Monday. The union, which represents 700,000 telecommunications and technology members, said in an emailed statement that Clinton “has stood with CWA members and pledges her commitment to making life better for working families.”

The endorsement came after Clinton and Sanders announced a joint event in New Hampshire Tuesday.

In a statement, Clinton thanked the union for their backing, pledging to “stand with the CWA to protect workers’ fundamental rights to organize, to bargain collectively, to be safe on the job, and to retire with dignity and security after years of hard work.”

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10:03 a.m.

Mike Pence says he would gladly campaign for Republican candidate Donald Trump in Indiana — or anywhere else.

The Indiana governor told reporters Monday that he’s prepared to make the “case” for the presumed GOP presidential nominee “anywhere across the country that Donald Trump would want me to.”

Pence is considered a leading candidate to be Trump’s running mate. He’s listed as a host of private fundraiser for Trump on Tuesday, and also says he will attend a evening Trump rally in suburban Indianapolis.

The campaign appearances by Pence would be the latest in a series of joint appearances Trump has held with vice presidential prospects.

Trump is expected to name his choice toward the end of the week.

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8:01 p.m.

Donald Trump is boosting his communications operation.

The Republican presidential candidate has hired Bryan Lanza to handle communications for surrogates, people who speak in support of Trump at big events. Lanza previously was communications director for Citizens United.

Trump also has hired Steven Cheung to lead the campaign’s “rapid response” operation. The campaign says in a statement that Cheung’s job will be “pushing back on false or unbalanced reporting.”

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6:45 a.m.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is making it official: Former Democratic rival Bernie Sanders will join her at a New Hampshire event on Tuesday where he plans to endorse her.

Clinton’s campaign is holding the event at a high school in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Sanders defeated Clinton by a wide margin in New Hampshire, in the nation’s first primary.

Sanders’ endorsement will come a month after the final primary. He’s pushed for policy agreements on higher education, health care and a $15 an hour federal minimum wage. Some of those policies were included in a draft of the party’s platform in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend.

Sanders has not yet said he will endorse Clinton but told reporters on Saturday that the two campaigns were coming together and to stay tuned.

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3:20 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump will deliver a speech on veterans’ issues, including health care. The talk on Monday in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is the real estate mogul’s latest in a series of prepared remarks aimed at articulating his policy agenda.

Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, wants to persuade still-reticent Republicans that he has the discipline and control to mount a credible general election bid against likely rival Hillary Clinton.

Trump will be speaking not far from the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, where he first unveiled his plan to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs last October, promising to modernize the system, while minimizing wait times for patients and improving care.

Under his initial plan, revealed last October, Trump said: “The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs is absolutely unacceptable.”

He also said that “the guiding principle” of his plan would be to ensure that military veterans have quick access to quality care.

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