Post-elec­tion unity? Clin­ton, Trump won’t say yet

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON (AP): ITH A dozen days left un­til Elec­tion Day, Don­ald Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton are re­fus­ing to com­mit to work­ing with each other af­ter the elec­tion, putting into ques­tion the win­ner’s abil­ity to heal the coun­try’s wounds af­ter a volatile pres­i­den­tial race.

“I just want to make that de­ci­sion at a later date,” said Trump, when asked whether he would co­op­er­ate with a Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion. “Hope­fully I won’t have to make that de­ci­sion.” He spoke in an in­ter­view broad­cast Thurs­day on ABC’s Good Morn­ing, Amer­ica.


are ready to ac­cept the will of the vot­ers and move for­ward.

Pri­vately, the 2016 can­di­dates may be strik­ing a more con­cil­ia­tory tone. Car­di­nal Ti­mothy Dolan, the New York Arch­bishop, has said that in a warm pri­vate ex­change at an oth­er­wise testy char­ity din­ner last week, Clin­ton had told Trump that “what­ever hap­pens, we need to work to­gether after­ward”. Trump, he said, told Clin­ton “you are one tough and tal­ented woman”.

In the fi­nal weeks of the cam­paign, both can­di­dates have be­gun to fo­cus more on their post-elec­tion plans. Trump made two ap­pear­ances at his ho­tels this week, rais­ing ques­tions about whether he is try­ing to shore up his cor­po­rate brand amid signs that his cam­paign has hurt his fam­ily busi­nesses.

Trump has largely re­fused to back down from his de­fi­ant as­sault on the elec­tion’s in­tegrity, re­main­ing un­will­ing to say whether he would ac­cept the re­sults if he loses. “Don’t worry about it,” he told ABC.

Clin­ton, too, has turned some of her fo­cus to what hap­pens af­ter Novem­ber 8, though her ef­forts as­sume she wins. Deep in tran­si­tion plan­ning, she has be­gun re­tool­ing her cam­paign mes­sage to em­pha­sise uni­fy­ing the coun­try af­ter a di­vi­sive race.


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