Clin­ton seizes of­fen­sive as Trump’s woes mount

> New York or­ders ty­coon’s char­ity to cease fundrais­ing

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WASHINGTON: Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial hopes suf­fered a pun­ish­ing new set­back yes­ter­day as au­thor­i­ties clamped down on his char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion, while Hil­lary Clin­ton seized the of­fen­sive to brand him an un­scrupu­lous busi­ness­man.

With just five weeks to go be­fore the Nov 8 elec­tion, Trump is seek­ing to climb out of one of the dark­est pe­ri­ods of his White House cam­paign as his vi­cepres­i­den­tial pick Mike Pence goes toe to toe with Demo­cratic Sen­a­tor Tim Kaine to­day for their only de­bate of the cam­paign.

Al­ready weak­ened by dam­ag­ing rev­e­la­tions about his taxes, the real es­tate bil­lion­aire was hit with an or­der by New York at­tor­ney-gen­eral Eric Sch­nei­der­man that the Don­ald J. Trump Foun­da­tion must “cease and de­sist from so­lic­it­ing con­tri­bu­tions” in New York.

The no­tice in­formed the char­ity that it had en­gaged in fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties not per­mit­ted un­der the law be­cause it had not been reg­is­tered with the state au­thor­i­ties.

With Team Trump on the de­fen­sive af­ter leaked doc­u­ments sug­gested he may have paid no in­come tax for two decades, his Demo­cratic rival rounded on him as a busi­ness bully who cares lit­tle for his fel­low coun­try­men.

“While mil­lions of Amer­i­can fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing mine and yours, were work­ing hard pay­ing our fair share, it seems he was con­tribut­ing noth­ing to our na­tion. Imag­ine that,” a fired-up Clin­ton said in Toledo, Ohio.

“He has been ‘diss­ing’ Amer­ica in this whole cam­paign,” she charged, rid­ing high on a surge in polling car­ried out af­ter the bruis­ing first pres­i­den­tial de­bate.

The pair face off in their sec­ond show­down on Sun­day.

Trump used an ap­pear­ance be­fore mil­i­tary vet­er­ans in Vir­ginia to pound the for­mer sec­re­tary of state once more for han­dling clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion via a “base­ment” pri­vate e-mail server.

But he ap­peared to stum­ble when he ad­dressed vet­er­ans suf­fer­ing from post- trau­matic stress (PTS) dis­or­der, sug­gest­ing some were re­turn­ing from bat­tle ill-equipped to cope.

“When you talk about the men­tal health prob­lems, when peo­ple come back from war and com­bat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can han­dle it, but a lot of peo­ple can’t han­dle it,” Trump said.

Clin­ton pounced on the com­ment in the even­ing, post­ing a fact-check­ing page on her web­site mud­dy­ing Trump’s record on vet­er­ans.

“A per­son who im­plies that vet­er­ans suf­fer­ing from PTS are not ‘strong’ is un­fit to be Com­man­der-in-Chief. Pe­riod,” she said on Twit­ter. – AFP

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Nine-year-old Belle She­frin holds a doll of Clin­ton while lis­ten­ing to her speak at a cam­paign rally in Akron, Ohio yes­ter­day.

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