The Latest: Ryan: Trump is “much more disciplined”




WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Campaign 2016 (all times EDT):

9:09 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says Hillary Clinton has been so confident she'll win the presidential election that she's "playing not to lose." And the Wisconsin Republican says when you do that prematurely, you're likely to lose anyway.

He also had rare words of praise Donald Trump, saying the mercurial GOP nominee "has gotten much more disciplined."

Ryan used a sports analogy to describe the presidential race Thursday on "The Hugh Hewitt Show," a conservative talk radio program.

He said that in only the game's second quarter, Clinton started "stalling, not talking to the press, not doing many events." And he said, "When you play not to lose so early in the game, you probably end up losing."

Ryan credited Trump's newfound steadiness to campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway.

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8:31 a.m.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson now knows what Aleppo is.

He was asked Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" what he would do as president about the Syrian city at the center of the refugee crisis, Johnson replied, "And what is Aleppo?"

Replied questioner Mike Barnicle, "You're kidding me." Johnson said no, he wasn't kidding. Barnicle then began to explain. When he got to the refugee crisis, Johnson interrupted him, saying, "Okay, got it."

The former governor of New Mexico added that Syria is "a mess" and "the only way we deal with Syria is to join hands with Russia to diplomatically bring that (to) an end."

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7:10 a.m.

Hillary Clinton's campaign manager says Donald Trump didn't come prepared to answer questions about his foreign policy plans.

Robby Mook said on ABC's "Good Morning America" Thursday that Trump's answer for how to defeat the Islamic State group shows he had "no plan" in the first place.

The Republican presidential nominee insisted during a presidential forum Wednesday night that he has a private blueprint for defeating the extremist group. But he also said he would demand a plan from military leaders within 30 days of taking office.

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5:54 a.m.

President Barack Obama is hitting back at Donald Trump for the Republican's frequent criticism of Obama's foreign policy.

Speaking at a news conference in Laos on Thursday, Obama says he continues to believe Trump isn't qualified to be president and that "every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed."

Trump has blasted Obama's policy toward China as weak and said the president was humiliated by the Chinese during his visit to Asia this week.

Obama tells reporters in Laos that he thinks diplomacy is "serious business" and that Trump's ideas are often "contradictory" and "outright wacky."

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3:11 a.m.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton confronted their key weaknesses in a televised national security forum. The Republican defended his preparedness to be commander in chief despite vague plans for tackling global challenges and the Democrat argued that her controversial email practices did not expose questionable judgment.

The candidates spoke back-to-back at the forum Wednesday night, each fielding 30 minutes of questions. While the candidates never appeared on stage together, the session served as a preview of sorts for their highly anticipated presidential debates.

With just two months until Election Day, national security has emerged as a centerpiece issue in the White House race. Both candidates believe they have the upper hand.
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