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Your politics briefing: Under pressure, Trump shows money, gets mouthy

At a news conference at Trump Tower in

At a news conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, Donald Trump railed about media coverage of his attempts to raise funds for veterans groups. Credit: John Roca

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Donald Trump seemed none too happy to be announcing the results of the January fundraising drive for veterans — an effort he had ballyhooed until reporters pressed for details of who gave and who got what.

“I’m the only one in the world who can raise almost $6 million for the veterans, have uniform applause by the veterans’ groups, and end up being criticized by press,” said the candidate at a Trump Tower news conference Tuesday, writes Newsday’s Emily Ngo.

“I wasn’t looking for the credit,” said Trump, who had boasted repeatedly about his effort. He railed against the news media as “so dishonest and so unfair,” singling out one reporter present as “a sleaze” and another as “a real beauty.”

Trump said $5.6 million was raised, and predicted over time the haul will exceed the $6 million figure he previously cited.

Trump said it took time to vet the 41 veterans’ charities he donated to. The Associated Press said half of the recipients it reached that received checks got them after a May 23 Washington Post story that raised questions about the funds’ distribution.

The Washington Post said at least one recipient— The Foundation for American Veterans — is rated “F” by the group CharityWatch and spent more than twice as much on fundraising expenses as on veterans.

Click here for a complete video of the news conference.

Nothing compares to you

Trump’s rants prompted Clinton’s deputy national press secretary Jesse Ferguson to tweet: “Think about the press conference you just watched. Now try to imagine him as President.”

Reporters on the Clinton beat were quick to point out that she hasn’t held a full-scale news conference since December. Asked during a phone interview with CNN if she will have one soon, she said, “Oh, I’m sure we will.”

In California, reporters covering Sanders noted he held a “press conference” on health care Tuesday during which he took no questions.

Selling Trump U

The Trump University Playbook — documents made public by a federal judge in California over protests from the school’s namesake — was chock full of methods to separate customers yearning for business success from their money, Newsday’s Yancey Roy reports.

Among them: Put the music on — “For the Love of Money” by the O’Jays. Assuage students’ concerns about possibly going into debt to pay for the course. Identify the “buyers” who could be most lucrative by determining “who has the most and least liquid assets.” Read the documents here.

Polls apart

Clinton is leading Sanders by 51%-38% in a Hoover Institution Golden State poll of California. She was up only 2 points in a poll last week by the Public Policy Institute of California.

Hoover’s Bill Whalen tells Politico the difference may reflect uncertainty over who will actually turn out to vote in California’s June 7 primary.

The take-away: Garden State

Clinton’s expected clinching of the nomination in New Jersey Tuesday underscores the turn toward political pathos that the Chris Christie story has taken, Newsday’s Dan Janison writes.

Christie hoped his home state would be the clincher for Trump, but the presumptive nominee has already wrapped it up.

Pyongyang values

A state-run North Korean newspaper praises Trump as a “wise politician” and “far-sighted candidate,” in contrast to “dull Hillary.”

The editorial took note of his suggestion to withdraw American forces from South Korea if its government doesn’t pay the U.S. for protection. “Who knew that the slogan ‘Yankee Go Home’ would come true like this?” the editorial said.

What else is happening:

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown endorsed Clinton for the California Democratic primary....
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tells Business Insider that Trump should release his tax returns...
  • McConnell, like Trump, said he is encouraging Marco Rubio to seek re-election to his Senate seat from Florida to help keep it in GOP hands...
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan is on a different page from McConnell regarding funding expiration for the government weeks before the election....
  • Clinton leads Trump 52%-31% in the latest Siena College Poll of voters in New York — a state that Trump says he expects to put in play...
  • Trump sounds worried about the prospects for Libertarian Gary Johnson cutting into the Republican vote... 
  • Alienated Republicans skipping Trump's convention include well-known party pillars...
  • Garden State rocker Jon Bon Jovi will appear with Clinton at Rutgers University’s Newark campus Wednesday...
  • The mystery independent candidate who conservative commentator Bill Kristol wants to recruit is little-known lawyer and National Review writer David French, according to Bloomberg News...
  • Radio talker Glenn Beck was suspended by SiriusXM after his guest called Trump a threat who may have to be removed from office by extralegal means...
  • Trump hinted at harsh treatment for Republicans who fail to get in line...
  • Doubts are raised as to whether Trump's security had the right to close off a public atrium at his gilded Tower on Fifth Ave. for campaign events.

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