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Trump plans foreign policy speech to project ‘presidential’ image

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White House hopeful Donald Trump will give a foreign policy speech in Washington next week in an effort to project a more serious image as the Republican front-runner increasingly shifts his focus to the general election in November.

In meetings with lawmakers and at a gathering of Republican Party officials in Florida this week, Trump aides have said the speech would be part of an expanded policy roll-out by the New York billionaire.

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After a major victory in his home state of New York on Tuesday, the real estate mogul said his rivals, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Governor John Kasich, had no shot at the Republican nomination for the Nov. 8 election.

Trump adviser Paul Manafort told party leaders meeting in Florida on Thursday that Trump would adopt a more presidential attitude and focus on likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, whom Manafort referred to by the nickname his boss has given her, “crooked Hillary.”

Trump will make his foreign policy speech at the National Press Club in Washington on Wednesday, his campaign said. It will come the day after a round of presidential contests – in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island – in which he is expected to do well.

Trump’s rivals have accused him of lacking foreign policy expertise and the possibility of Trump in the White House has raised concerns abroad.

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In March, Trump embraced the unbreakable U.S. alliance with Israel in a speech to an influential pro-Israel lobbying group. He had drawn fire earlier for saying that, while he was pro-Israel, he would remain neutral in negotiating a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Japanese firms said in a Reuters poll that a Trump presidency would harm security partnerships. Mexico’s new ambassador to the United States vowed to combat negative publicity in the U.S. campaign after Trump accused Mexico of sending drug traffickers and rapists into the United States and vowed to build a wall at the border.

At the Republican National Committee’s Florida gathering, members played down Trump’s bluster, saying candidates always adjust their tone in a general election campaign.

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“Donald Trump speaks in broad themes that resonate with the country but he also understands that there’s a more intricate process in how you run a general election campaign,” said Steve Duprey, an RNC member from New Hampshire. “They’re prepared to have the campaign pivot to that once they feel like they’ve secured the nomination.”

(Reporting by Steve Holland in Hollywood, Florida, and Doina Chiacu and Susan Cornwell in Washington; Writing by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Bill Trott)


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Modi tells Xi summit will launch ‘new era’ for India and China

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday that his summit with Chinese leader Xi Xinping would launch a "new era" between the neighbours who are seeking to overcome troublesome differences.

Modi and Xi strolled along a pristine Bay of Bengal beach and held one-on-one talks overlooking the ocean before their delegations sat down to official negotiations at the historic resort town of Mahbalipuram, south of Chennai.

The two leaders are meeting for the second time in a year in a bid to ease tensions over border disputes, the troubled Kashmir region and China's domination of trade between their huge economies.

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Trump calls for impeachment of Mitt Romney for criticizing him in rambling tweet

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Hours after Donald Trump attacked Sen. Mitt Romney for being critical of his call for the Chinese to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, the president was back for another round, calling for the Utah Republiocan to be impeached.

Claiming without evidence that voters in Utah are turning on their senator, Trump claimed, "I’m hearing that the Great People of Utah are considering their vote for their Pompous Senator, Mitt Romney, to be a big mistake. I agree! He is a fool who is playing right into the hands of the Do Nothing Democrats!" followed by:  #IMPEACHMITTROMNEY

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Trump claimed ‘inequality is down’ — one day later federal data showed the exact opposite is true

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"The separation between rich and poor from 2017 and 2018 was greater than it has ever been."

Federal data released Thursday showed U.S. income inequality in 2018 reached the highest level since the Census Bureau began measuring it five decades ago, a finding that comes less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump said "inequality is down."

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