The charged rhetoric comes a day after Clinton delivered a scorching speech about Trump’s business competence and just weeks ahead of next month’s Democratic and Republican Conventions, where both candidates are expected to be nominated by their respective parties for president.
“Her message is that things can’t change,” Trump said. “My message is that things have to change — and this is our one chance to do it and may be our only chance to do that change.”
The speech comes as Trump tries to get back on offense after weeks of self-inflicted wounds that included racially charged criticism of a judge overseeing a case related to Trump University and a controversial response to the Orlando terror attack. Trump has come under withering criticism from Clinton and prominent Democratic surrogates including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren and has sometimes struggled to counter the assault.
According to documents submitted to the Federal Election Commission, Mr. Trump, whose campaign has just $1.3 million cash on hand, paid at least $1.1 million to his businesses and family members in May for expenses associated with events and travel costs. The total represents nearly a fifth of the $6 million that his campaign spent in the month.
The spending raised eyebrows among campaign finance experts and some of Mr. Trump’s critics who have questioned whether the presumptive Republican nominee, who points to his business acumen as a case for his candidacy, is trying to do what he has suggested he would in 2000 when he mulled making an independent run: “It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.”
“He could end up turning a profit if he repaid himself for the campaign loans,” said Paul S. Ryan, a campaign finance expert with the Campaign Legal Center. “He could get all his money back plus the profit margin for what his campaign has paid himself for goods and services.”
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