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Donald Trump Follows a Good Day With a Trip to Scotland, by Maggie Haberman : NYT First Draft on Politics - June 23, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The stage at the Trump SoHo hotel on Wednesday before Donald J. Trump’s speech.
The stage at the Trump SoHo hotel on Wednesday before Donald J. Trump’s speech. Damon Winter/The New York Times
Donald Trump Follows a Good Day With a Trip to Scotland

Donald J. Trump put his finger firmly on the reset button on Wednesday, with a speech that savaged Hillary Clinton as untrustworthy, “corrupt” and out only for herself. It was Mr. Trump’s best day since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee in May.
Whether he can hold the momentum remains to be seen. He will leave for a trip to Scotland on Thursday night, a two-day jaunt centered on his golf courses. Such trips pose risks for any candidate, but particularly one moored to a private enterprise rather than to burnishing foreign policy credentials, particularly at a moment of deep political tumult in Britain.
Mr. Trump, however, is said to view the trip as an opportunity to refresh himself and his candidacy after a brutal few weeks.
Mrs. Clinton’s campaign fought to minimize any traction Mr. Trump could gain from his speech. Her campaign announced an endorsement from Brent Scowcroft, a former national security adviser to two Republican presidents, which is unsurprising given that much of the foreign policy establishment opposes Mr. Trump. But the endorsement allowed her to push back on the rougher aspects of Mr. Trump’s speech about her time as secretary of state.
Mrs. Clinton’s advisers continue to believe the issue set will favor them in the fall over Mr. Trump, even if he does string together some good days. Mr. Trump has repeatedly emphasized his support from the National Rifle Association, a contrast as congressional Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor to demand gun control measures in the wake of the shooting in Orlando, Fla. Background checks for gun purchasers, for instance, are popular with a majority of voters nationally.
Mrs. Clinton has real vulnerabilities. But Mr. Trump has only just now started exploiting them, and her allies hope it comes after he has done the most damage to himself.
  Donald J. Trump spoke at the Trump SoHo hotel in New York on Wednesday, laying out his vision for America as he attacked his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Damon Winter/The New York Times
In his speech, Mr. Trump delivered blistering attacks on his rival interspersed with his own policy proposals.

Hillary Clinton spoke at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Raleigh, NC., on Wednesday.
Richard Perry/The New York Times
The 2016 Race
She embraced the economic discontent that has fueled the rise of her opponents, while presenting herself as the person most qualified to address it.
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a confirmation hearing in 2013.
Christopher Gregory/The New York Times
A frosty relationship, differences over Wall Street and a need to draw male voters are factors that argue against a Clinton-Warren ticket.
Donald J. Trump at his golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland, last year. He bought the resort in 2014.
Scott Heppell/Associated Press
Presidential contenders usually try to burnish their foreign policy credentials when abroad. Mr. Trump plans no meetings with government or political leaders.
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Senator Marco Rubio at the Capitol Building in Washington last week.
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