Trump told to fix cam­paign

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WASH­ING­TON — Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump should fix his stum­bling White House cam­paign in the next three weeks or step down, The Wall Street Jour­nal said on Mon­day in a sharply worded warn­ing from a lead­ing con­ser­va­tive voice.

Trump has alien­ated his party and failed to es­tab­lish a com­pe­tent cam­paign op­er­a­tion, the pa­per said in an edi­to­rial.

The Jour­nal’s edi­to­rial board, which gen­er­ally fa­vors Repub­li­cans, has been crit­i­cal of Trump and has ques­tioned his con­ser­va­tive cre­den­tials, but its warn­ing on Mon­day was its strong­est at­tack yet. It echoed grow­ing alarm about Trump’s can­di­dacy among many lead­ing Repub­li­cans who have been slow to em­brace him or have com­pletely dis­tanced them­selves.

The New York real es­tate de­vel­oper, who has never held elected of­fice, has been mired in weeks of con­tro­versy and opin­ion polls show him fall­ing be­hind Demo­cratic can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton in the race for the 8 Novem­ber elec­tion.

The Jour­nal urged Trump’s back­ers to push the can­di­date to con­duct him­self with a more pres­i­den­tial de­meanor and be­gin run­ning a more dis­ci­plined cam­paign.

“If they can’t get Mr Trump to change his act by La­bor Day, the GOP will have no choice but to write off the nom­i­nee as hope­less and fo­cus on sal­vaging the Se­nate and House and other down-bal­lot races,” it said.

La­bor Day, which falls on Sept. 5 this year, marks the end of U.S. sum­mer va­ca­tions and tra­di­tion­ally launches the final phase of the long U.S. elec­tion sea­son.

“As for Mr Trump, he needs to stop blam­ing ev­ery­one else and de­cide if he wants to be­have like some­one who wants to be pres­i­dent - or turn the nom­i­na­tion over to Mike Pence,” it said, re­fer­ring to the In­di­ana gover­nor, who is Trump’s vice pres­i­den­tial run­ning mate.

Trump has re­peat­edly pro­voked con­tro­versy in the weeks since his for­mal nom­i­na­tion as the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in July, de­spite ap­peals from party lead­ers for him to fo­cus on is­sues that could win him the elec­tion.

He picked a fight with the par­ents of a Mus­lim U.S. Army cap­tain who was killed in Iraq and falsely ac­cused Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Clin­ton of be­ing “co-founders” of Is­lamic State. He later said he was be­ing sar­cas­tic but has con­tin­ued to re­peat the re­mark.

In an ef­fort to right his cam­paign, Trump will de­liver his sec­ond pol­icy speech in as many weeks on Mon­day, this time an ad­dress on for­eign pol­icy. Speak­ing in Youngstown, Ohio he will out­line his plan to de­feat Is­lamic State.

Most con­tro­ver­sially, Trump has long said he will im­pose a tem­po­rary ban on Mus­lims en­ter­ing the coun­try, and has said he would “knock the hell out” of Is­lamic State.

Rus­sia ties Adding to Trump’s woes this week was the news, first re­ported by The New York Times, that the name of his cam­paign man­ager, Paul Manafort, was on se­cret ledgers show­ing cash pay­ments des­ig­nated to him of more than $12 mil­lion from a Ukrainian po­lit­i­cal party with close ties to Rus­sia.

Manafort de­nied any im­pro­pri­ety in a state­ment on Mon­day. “I have never re­ceived a sin­gle ‘off-the-books cash pay­ment’ as falsely ‘re­ported’ by The New York Times, nor have I ever done work for the gov­ern­ments of Ukraine or Rus­sia,” he said.

Artem Syt­nik, the head of Ukraine’s anti-cor­rup­tion bu­reau, con­firmed in a brief­ing with re­porters that Manafort’s name ap­peared on a ledger and that more than $12 mil­lion had been al­lo­cated as an ex­pen­di­ture, ref­er­enc­ing Manafort.

But Syt­nik said that the pres­ence of Manafort’s name “does not mean that he def­i­nitely re­ceived this money.”

The Clin­ton cam­paign said the news was ev­i­dence of “more trou­bling con­nec­tions be­tween Don­ald Trump’s team and pro-krem­lin ele­ments in Ukraine.”

Trump has spo­ken fa­vor­ably in the past of Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. Last month he in­vited Rus­sian hack­ers to find “missing” emails from Clin­ton’s time as sec­re­tary of state, when she used a pri­vate com­puter server to con­duct gov­ern­ment busi­ness, al­though he later de­scribed that com­ment as sar­casm.

Trump has in­creas­ingly be­gun to por­tray him­self as a vic­tim of the me­dia.

“If the dis­gust­ing and cor­rupt me­dia cov­ered me hon­estly and didn’t put false mean­ing into the words I say, I would be beat­ing Hil­lary by 20 (per­cent),” he wrote in one tweet in a se­ries of com­plaints about me­dia cov­er­age on Sun­day.

The cur­rent Realclearpol­i­tics av­er­age of na­tional opin­ion polls puts Clin­ton 6.8 points ahead of Trump, at 47.8 per­cent to Trump’s 41 per­cent. Opin­ion polls also show Trump trail­ing in states such as Penn­syl­va­nia that are likely to be piv­otal in the elec­tion. — Reuters

US Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump.

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