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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