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August 3, 2016

US billionaire challenges Trump to release his tax returns

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August 3, 2016

Obama say Trump is unfit to serve as president; Trump terms Clinton devil; Republican candidate claims elections will be rigged

ASHBURN (United States): American billionaire businessman Warren Buffett has challenged Mr Trump to release his tax returns.

Mr Trump has said that they cannot be made public until the financial authorities have completed an audit.But Mr Buffett said there were no rules against showing tax returns and allowing people to ask questions about them.

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Republicans to reject Donald Trump in some of his strongest comments yet about the party’s White House nominee, saying he is “woefully unprepared” and “unfit” to be president.

“This isn’t a situation where you have an episodic gaffe. This is daily and weekly where they are distancing themselves from statements he’s making,” Obama said of the party’s top brass including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain. “There has to be a point in which you say: “This is not somebody I can support for president of the United States, even if he purports to be a member of my party.”

Obama’s comments at a White House press conference came amid a roiling war of words between Trump and the father of a slain US soldier who rebuked him as having “sacrificed nothing.”

Trump also has come under fire for remarks in a television interview in which he appeared not to be aware of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea after its takeover from Ukraine. “I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president,” Obama said. “I said so last week. He keeps proving it.”

“The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that made extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues in Europe, in the Middle East, in Asia means that he’s woefully unprepared to do this job. There has to come a point in which you say ‘enough’,” he said, in a comment directed at Republicans.

“The alternative is the entire party and the Republican party effectively endorses and validates the positions being articulated by Mr Trump. As I said in my speech last week, I don’t think that represents the views of a whole lot of Republicans out there.”

Donald Trump says November’s US presidential election “is going to be rigged,” making the claim twice on Monday. The property tycoon also called his rival Hillary Clinton “the Devil,” adding that the system was also rigged against Bernie Sanders.

The Republican presidential candidate first spoke at a town hall event in Columbus, Ohio, where he said that election on November 8 might be “rigged.”

“I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest,” the Republican nominee told the crowd. He added that he has been hearing “more and more” that the election may not be contested fairly, though he did not give any further details.

He reiterated his claims using even stronger language during an interview with Fox News on Monday evening, in which he told Sean Hannity “the election is going to be rigged,” while also calling on Republicans to watch proceedings very closely.

“I hope the Republicans get out there and watch very closely, because I think we are going to win this election… I tell you November 8, we better be careful because that election is going to be rigged and I hope the Republicans are watching closely because it is going to be taken away from us,” he said.

Trump took a swipe against certain members of the Republican establishment, saying that despite the primary campaign against him being slightly rigged, he still managed to win “in landslides.” He also claimed that Sanders, who was defeated by Clinton in the Democratic race, also faced an unfair battle as the establishment was against him. “I think it was rigged against Bernie Sanders with his superdelegates nonsense,” Trump said.

This is not the first time that Trump has accused the system of being rigged against Sanders.During his speech in Ohio, Trump said Sanders had “made a deal with the Devil” in reference to Clinton, adding that “she is the Devil” after the Vermont senator agreed to back the Democrat nominee.

Donald Trump doesn’t humor any interruptions during his speeches — even if those outbursts are coming from an infant. During a rally Tuesday in Northern Virginia’s Loudoun County, a baby in the audience started to cry. At first, Trump played the role of common-man politician, saying, “I love babies. I hear that baby crying. I like it.” But as the dissatisfied infant kept making noise during Trump’s attacks on China, the real estate mogul changed his mind. “Actually, I was only kidding. You can get the baby out of here,” Trump said.

“I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking,” Trump added incredulously. “That’s okay, people don’t understand.”The baby wasn’t the only child making noise at Trump’s event. As several reporters at the event noted on Twitter, a young boy in the crowd shouted a colorful anti-Clinton message.

Meanwhile, Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump on Tuesday courted controversy when he said receiving a Purple Heart from a US military veteran was “much easier” than being awarded the medal given to those wounded in combat.

The statement immediately started trending on Twitter, with some users mocking the billionaire real estate mogul for accepting the honor — awarded by sitting US presidents — while on the campaign trail.

The comments also come as Trump is locked in a war of words with the parents of a Muslim American soldier killed in a suicide bombing in Iraq in 2004, after the father, Khizr Khan, addressed the Democratic National Convention and said Trump has “sacrificed nothing” for the country. On Tuesday, Trump told supporters in Ashburn, Virginia that the veteran, whom he identified as lieutenant colonel Louis Dorfman, had presented him with the cherished medal. He said he asked the man: “Is that like the real one or is that a copy?”

“And he said That’s my real Purple Heart. I have such confidence in you,” Trump said as the crowd applauded. “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart,” Trump added. “This was much easier.” Trump has never served in the military, and he described receiving the Purple Heart as “an honor.”

Dorfman, who appeared to be elderly, appeared on stage briefly with Trump to chants of “USA! USA!” But the veteran did not address the crowd. Hillary Clinton, anointed the Democratic presidential nominee at last week’s convention, jumped on Trump´s remarks.

“This from a man who says he’s sacrificed for our country,” Clinton posted on Twitter minutes after Trump’s Purple Heart comment. On Monday, The New York Times reported that Trump had received five draft deferments during the Vietnam War, several for his studies and one for bone spurs in his feet, which meant he was not called up to serve.

Trump’s provocative responses to the parents to Humayun Khan have angered fellow Republicans and infuriated veterans groups, which called Trump’s behavior “repugnant” and offensive.