The Latest: Trump says Obama-IS remark was sarcasm




ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times local):

7:15 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump is now saying that his description of President Barack Obama as a founder of the Islamic State group was sarcasm.

At a rally Wednesday, Trump said that Obama "is the founder of ISIS," using one acronym for the group. He repeated that in two interviews Thursday.

But in a tweet Friday criticizing CNN's coverage, he said the network reported his claim "so seriously." Trump tweeted: "THEY DON'T GET SARCASM?"

Trump's comments were seen as accusing Obama of creating conditions that allowed IS to thrive. But asked about that Thursday, Trump seemed to go further. He told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt "No, I meant that he's the founder of ISIS, I do."

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3:45 a.m.

In a rare show of humility by the boastful billionaire, Donald Trump is acknowledging that his presidential campaign faces challenges and could ultimately fall short.

The Republican presidential nominee is straying from his signature bravado as he campaigns in the battleground state of Florida. He told a gathering of evangelical ministers Thursday he's "having a tremendous problem in Utah."

The same day, Trump acknowledged that his lack of political correctness could cost him the election if Americans reject his blunt approach.

After trouncing 16 challengers in the Republican primary, Trump is encountering worrying signs as his campaign moves into the general election.

Democrat Hillary Clinton's lead over Trump in national polls has widened in recent days, while a growing number of fellow Republicans have declared they won't support him.
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