WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times EDT):
Donald Trump is continuing his outreach to black voters with a visit to a friendly Cleveland church.
The Republican presidential nominee said he understands “that the African-American community has suffered from discrimination and that there are many wrongs that must still be made right.”
Trump has offended many blacks by painting a dismal picture of life in minority communities. He’s said that inner city residents can’t walk down the street without being shot, and falsely asserts that some inner cities are less safe than Afghanistan.
But Trump nonetheless says his outreach is paying off.
He said: “The poll numbers are going like a rocket ship.”
The event billed as a pastors leadership conference featured some of Trump’s most visible minority supports including TV personality Omarosa Manigault and retired surgeon Ben Carson.
Boxing promoter Don King has let slip a racial slur as he makes the case for black voters to support Donald Trump.
King was talking about what it’s like to be black in America as he introduced the Republican presidential nominee at an event in Cleveland organized by Darrell Scott, a prominent black pastor.
King said a black man is always framed by his skin color.
King recalled telling pop icon Michael Jackson “if you’re poor, you’re a ‘poor Negro.’ If you’re rich, you’re a ‘rich Negro.'” An educated black man is “an intellectual negro.”
He continued: “If you’re a dancing and sliding and gliding n—–— I mean Negro — you are ‘a dancing and sliding and gliding Negro.'”
Gasps and laughs could be heard from the audience.
Democrats are using a House Judiciary Committee hearing on whether to impeach the IRS chief to attack Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
With IRS commissioner John Koskinen at the witness table, New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler asked if people under an IRS audit can release their tax returns. Koskinen said they can.
Trump has declined to release his tax returns, citing an audit.
Nadler asked if it’s proper to use money from a charitable foundation for a portrait of themselves or to pay fees from legal disputes. Reports have said money from the Donald J. Trump Foundation has been used for those purposes.
Koskinen said generally, charitable money shouldn’t be used to benefit someone who runs a charitable foundation. He declined to comment on specific details.
Donald Trump says he doesn’t know what a police officer was thinking when she shot an unarmed Tulsa man.
Trump said during an appearance Wednesday at a Cleveland Heights church that he is a “tremendous believer in the police and law and enforcement.”
But he is questioning the actions of the police officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher, who was unarmed when he was shot alongside his vehicle in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Trump said he’s seen video of the incident, and that it looked like Crutcher had done everything right.
Trump said he is “very, very troubled” by the actions of the officer. He said: “People that choke, people that do that, maybe they can’t be doing what they’re doing.”
Boxing promoter Don King is praising Donald Trump as “the only gladiator” who can take on a system that King said is “rigged” and “racist” and “sexist.”
King introduced the Republican presidential nominee to a group of pastors in Cleveland on Wednesday.
King said white women and African-Americans should vote for Trump to topple the established order.
He wore a bejeweled denim jacket and held American and Israeli national flags.
King has long supported his friend Trump, but the appearance Wednesday marks his highest-profile appearance on the Republican nominee’s behalf. King wanted to speak at the Republican National Convention in July. But GOP officials kept him off the stage, in part to avoid a focus on his manslaughter conviction in the 1960s.
Donald Trump is calling for unity after the shootings of black men in two cities.
The Republican nominee tweeted Wednesday: “The situations in Tulsa and Charlotte are tragic. We must come together to make America safe again.”
Terence Crutcher was unarmed when he was shot alongside his vehicle in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Keith Lamont Scott was shot Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Officers say he was armed. But a woman claiming to be Scott’s daughter said in an online post that he was unarmed. The shooting prompted a demonstration that injured about a dozen police officers.
Trump tweeted: “Hopefully the violence & unrest in Charlotte will come to an immediate end. To those injured, get well soon. We need unity & leadership.”
Mike Pence is defending Donald Trump against new criticism of how the Republican presidential hopeful used his charitable foundation.
The vice presidential nominee told NBC’s Brian Williams in an interview broadcast late Tuesday that he’s confident the Trump Foundation will be able to “demonstrate that they fully complied with the law.”
The Washington Post on Tuesday reported Trump used money the foundation had raised to pay legal settlements for which he was personally liable. Such transactions, the newspaper reported, could violate federal tax laws against using charities for “self-dealing.”
The report was based on interviews and legal documents.
Pence told NBC there are “a number of factual errors in that story.” Pressed on what those errors are, Pence said he things “the foundation will be able to lay those out.”
Donald Trump is continuing his attempted outreach to African-American voters as he and running mate Mike Pence meet with a group of pastors Wednesday in Cleveland.
The gathering will be held at the church of the Rev. Darrell Scott, an early supporter of the Republican presidential nominee. Scott has sometimes traveled with Trump during the campaign and spoke on his behalf at the Republican National Convention in July.
Aides say Pence will introduce Trump, who will speak and then take questions from Scott.
Polls show Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with a wide advantage among black voters. African-Americans could prove crucial in several battlegrounds states, including Ohio.
Donald Trump’s appeal to black voters sounds familiar in Gary, Indiana, and not in a good way.
In 1993, Trump swooped into Gary on his private jet and pledged to make the down-on-its-luck city great again with a riverboat casino along a Lake Michigan shoreline littered with shuttered factories.
Little more than a decade later Trump’s company declared bankruptcy, leaving behind lawsuits and hard feelings in the majority-black city.
Trump’s lawyers later argued in court that his pledges to Gary were never legally binding.
Looking back, Trump tells The Associated Press that his venture worked out well for Gary.
But a Democratic former Gary city councilman, Roy Pratt, calls Trump a “slick business dealer” and says, “He got as much as he could and then he pulled up and left.”