So­lar Im­pulse 2’s flight of Lib­erty

Party reaches out for a change of tone

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

Weary Repub­li­cans are look­ing for as­sur­ances that Don­ald Trump can main­tain the discipline needed to stay on mes­sage as he pre­pares for a bruis­ing US gen­eral elec­tion run-up against Hil­lary Clinton.

Trump’s con­cil­ia­tory, teleprompter-guided vic­tory speech on Tues­day ap­peared to stave off - at least for the time be­ing - a near-re­volt over his ra­cially di­vi­sive at­tacks against the Amer­i­can-born judge of Mex­i­can her­itage hear­ing the case against his now-de­funct Trump Univer­sity.

As he kicked off his gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign on Fri­day, a thorny ques­tion has arisen: how does the party keep Trump in check?

“A pri­mary cam­paign against 16 op­po­nents is very dif­fer­ent and com­bat­ive in a dif­fer­ent way than a gen­eral elec­tion against a well-or­gan­ised, well-funded Clinton ma­chine,” said Chris Collins, who has been help­ing to co­or­di­nate Trump’s out­reach to Con­gress.

Collins said he un­der­stood there would be lin­ger­ing ques­tions about Trump af­ter the dis­tract­ing episode, but said the speech was part of what he sees as a “to­tal pivot” by the can­di­date.

“Mr Trump is a smart guy and wants to win,” he said af­ter a weekly gath­er­ing with Trump staff on Thurs­day. “I’m con­vinced we’ll see a very dis­ci­plined GOP nom­i­nee mov­ing for­ward.” The judge episode ar­guably marked the big­gest cri­sis of Trump’s cam­paign to date, and sparked a se­ries of phone calls from con­cerned Repub­li­cans, in­clud­ing House Speaker Paul Ryan, press­ing the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion. “I ex­plained ex­actly what I thought about that com­ment. I said it pub­licly and I said it pri­vately,” Ryan said in an in­ter­view that aired on Good Morn­ing Amer­ica. “I don’t know what’s in his heart,” he added. “But I do think, hope and be­lieve that he’s go­ing to im­prove the tenor of the cam­paign, the tone of the cam­paign, the kind of cam­paign that he’s go­ing to run.” It re­mains to be seen, how­ever, how deeply Trump has in­ter­nalised the mes­sage. Since launch­ing his cam­paign, Trump has pushed back against calls by some of his clos­est aides and fam­ily mem­bers to adopt a more “pres­i­den­tial tone”. His fiery lan­guage and pen­chant for con­tro­versy has earned him end­less free me­dia at­ten­tion and en­er­gised vot­ers dur­ing the pri­maries, help­ing him se­cure vic­tory. “You think I’m go­ing to change? I’m not chang­ing,” he boomed at a press con­fer­ence. Trump cam­paign man­ager Corey Le­wandowski dis­missed the idea of an in­ter­ven­tion, and down­played the sig­nif­i­cance of the vic­tory speech, not­ing that Trump had used pre­vi­ously used teleprompters to de­liver re­marks.

The So­lar Im­pulse 2 so­lar-pow­ered air­craft landed in New York City yes­ter­day on the lat­est leg of its globe-cir­cling voyage. The Swiss-made plane soared over the Statue of Lib­erty and flew into New York City, be­fore land­ing at John F Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port. The voyage be­gan in March last year from Abu Dhabi and stops were made in Oman, Myan­mar, China and Ja­pan.

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