The Courier-Mail

OM­NIPRES(ID)ENT DON A PUP­PET-MASTER OF POLLS

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WASHINGTON: The Don­ald Trump bullet-train charged full speed ahead yesterday, as the un­fil­tered US pres­i­den­tial hope­ful rev­elled in fresh poll re­sults that he said show him “lead­ing ev­ery­where”.

Ig­nor­ing warn­ing signs that his cam­paign may be run­ning into trou­ble, the brash celebrity bil­lion­aire (pic­tured) held a wide-rang­ing press con­fer­ence be­fore a speech in Michigan but de­clined to pro­vide pol­icy de­tails.

“We’ll be an­nounc­ing over the next two weeks num­bers and specifics,” he said.

Mr Trump lit a pow­der keg dur­ing last week’s de­but Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial de­bate, when he re­fused to pledge he would not run as an in­de­pen­dent, clashed with a pop­u­lar Fox News mod­er­a­tor, and later made com­ments about her that many in­ter­preted as crudely sex­ist.

Asked if he would ac­knowl­edge he had gone over the top with some of the crit­i­cism, Mr Trump merely pointed to the polls.

“Lead­ing in Iowa, lead­ing in New Hamp­shire … lead­ing in South Carolina, lead­ing in Ne­vada,” he said, rat­tling off sev­eral early-vot­ing states. “Lead­ing ev­ery­where.” Also yesterday, it was re­vealed that thumb-drives con­tain­ing copies of emails pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton sent and re­ceived while serv­ing as US sec­re­tary of state are now in the pos­ses­sion of the FBI.

“It is her hope that state and the other agen­cies in­volved in the re­view process will sort out as quickly as pos­si­ble which emails are ap­pro­pri­ate to re­lease to the public,” Clin­ton cam­paign spokesman Nick Mer­rill said.

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