The Latest: Illinois’ GOP governor won’t endorse Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 (all times Eastern):

10 p.m.

A member of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration says the Republican governor will not endorse Donald Trump as the GOP standard-bearer in the November election.

Rauner declined to back a candidate during the once-crowded GOP nomination process, although he did express dismay with Trump’s rhetoric.

Rauner’s aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the aide wasn’t authorized to speak to the media, also says the governor won’t attend the July Republican Convention in Cleveland. Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, a Republican whose re-election effort is being challenged by Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth, says he is also skipping the convention.

Trump picked up 54 delegates by winning Illinois’ March 15 primary. His nomination is almost assured after Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out of the race this week.


8:30 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump wants to create a “deportation force to round up millions of people,” warning a largely Hispanic audience about the presumptive Republican nominee.

Clinton says the “best way to prevent that from happening is to make sure he never gets near the White House.”

The Democratic front-runner says she will push for a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws and end “raids and roundups” of immigrants.

Clinton was heckled by some protesters at the Cinco de Mayo event at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, California, prompting the crowd to chant her name.

She is pushing for a show of force in California’s June 7 primary against Bernie Sanders. She says “winning big in California will put us on the path to winning big in November.”


8:20 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump has returned to the campaign trail for his first rally as his party’s presumptive nominee, but is making no mention of the continued resistance to his candidacy.

Trump did not address House Speaker Paul Ryan’s announcement earlier Thursday that he’s not ready to support the business mogul as he addressed a crowd of thousands packed into a Charleston, West Virginia, stadium.

Instead, Trump focused his attention on likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, criticizing her past comments on the coal industry, her support for trade deals and her family’s charitable foundation.

Trump is vowing to revive the state’s coal industry, renegotiate U.S. trade deals and punish companies for outsourcing.


8:15 p.m.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a longtime critic of Donald Trump, now plans to support the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Adviser Jeff Miller says Perry “believes Trump is the nominee and will be supporting him over Clinton.” Perry also told CNN on Thursday that he wouldn’t rule out being Trump’s vice presidential pick.

Perry had endorsed Ted Cruz before the Texas senator dropped out of the presidential race Tuesday.

Perry abandoned his own presidential bid last September, but not before calling Trump a “cancer to conservatism” and dismissing his campaign as a “toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense.”

Perry left office in January 2015.


7:15 p.m.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says he thinks House Speaker Paul Ryan and the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, will work out their differences.

Priebus says he spoke to both men Thursday after Ryan said he wasn’t ready to throw his support behind the business mogul. Trump responded with a statement saying he’s not ready to support Ryan’s agenda.

The RNC chair says in an interview recorded for Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” that Ryan and Trump “are meeting next week to talk about these things.”

Priebus says he thinks “everyone has to let a little bit of the steam to get out and get everyone to settle down.” Eventually, he says, “I think that this is going to come together.”


7 p.m.

Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio says he thinks his party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, could be a plus for his re-election bid.

Portman faces former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in the swing state’s closely watched U.S. Senate contest this fall.

During a stop at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station on Thursday, Portman was asked about the impact a Trump nomination would have on his race.

According to a transcript of the comments provided by the senator’s campaign, Portman said he thought it will be “positive in the end.”

Portman says Trump got votes from Ohioans who had never voted Republican. He says he had friends who normally don’t vote who voted for Trump.

Portman says the billionaire is bringing new people to the party, “no question about it.”


6:54 p.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he wants to broker a truce between a reluctant House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Christie tells reporters on Thursday afternoon that, “Donald’s got work to do to bring people together.”

He adds, “I’m going to reach out to the speaker and see what his concerns are.”

Christie was an early Trump endorser and has been advising him behind the scenes.

Ryan said earlier Thursday that he wasn’t ready to throw his support behind the business mogul. Trump responded with a statement saying he’s not ready to support Ryan’s agenda.


6:02 p.m.

Donald Trump says he’s “not ready to support” House Speaker Paul Ryan’s agenda after the country’s top elected GOP official said he’s not ready to back Trump as the party’s presidential nominee.

In a statement released by his campaign, Trump says, “Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people.”

Trump says Americans have been “been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for politicians to put them first!”

Ryan said on CNN earlier Thursday that he’s “just not ready” to support Trump’s candidacy, even though the billionaire businessman is the presumptive GOP nominee.

The statement from the popular Ryan is further evidence of how much resistance remains inside the party to Trump’s candidacy.


5:25 p.m.

Donald Trump is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a curious social media post.

Trump took to Twitter and Facebook Thursday with a picture of himself eating a taco bowl and the caption: “Happy Cinco de Mayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”

The post immediately went viral, generating tens of thousands of retweets and seemingly as many jokes.

The taco bowl is not actually on sale at the Trump Grill, but the Trump Cafe in the candidate’s namesake tower offers a “Taco Fiesta!” for $13.50.

Trump’s poll numbers among Latinos have been consistently poor since he began his campaign by promising to build a border wall to prevent “killers” and “rapists” from coming to the U.S. from Mexico.


4:25 p.m.

Donald Trump is suggesting that he will name his vice presidential pick at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July.

Speaking in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Trump said that it was still early in the process to select a running mate.

“It is early – we just won yesterday,” Trump said. “I will announce it at the convention. A lot of people are interested.”

Trump has not yet won the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination but now has a clear path to becoming the Republican standardbearer after his last two rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, dropped out in recent days.

Trump also said that he would “do whatever the maximum standard is” in terms of separating his business interests from his role as president if he wins in November.


4:15 p.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president.

Ryan is the GOP’s highest-ranking office holder and made the stunning announcement on CNN’s “The Lead” on Thursday.

It comes two days after Trump essentially clinched the nomination with a commanding win in Indiana that forced his last two opponents from the race.

Ryan says he wants to be able to support Trump but that he’s not there yet. He says Trump has work to do to unify the party.

Ryan says many Republicans want to see “a standard-bearer who bears our standards” and “unifies all the wings of the Republicans Party.”


3:20 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is urging Democrats to unite around her candidacy, telling an audience of black community leaders in Los Angeles that her lead among pledged delegates and votes against Bernie Sanders is much wider than Barack Obama’s edge over her in 2008.

Clinton says at the California African American Museum that she is more than 3 million votes ahead of Sanders and nearly 300 pledged delegates ahead of him. She says when she was running against Obama in 2008, they were “neck and neck” in the popular vote and he had a lead of about 60 pledged delegates.

Clinton says she “knew that he had won because it matters how many delegates you have, whether it’s 60 or 300.”

She says “we’ve got to work hard and win big here in California in the primary to get ready for the general election” and she will do “everything I can to unify the party.”


3:00 p.m.

Donald Trump wants to make one thing perfectly clear — he doesn’t cheat in golf.

Trump also says he has never played golf with former boxer Oscar De La Hoya, who earlier this week questioned Trump’s integrity on the golf course.

Trump told The Associated Press on Thursday he respects the game too much to cheat and is good enough to have won a number of club championships. Trump, who owns 18 golf courses, says De La Hoya is lying about him because he wants to sell tickets to a fight he is promoting.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said his son Eric told him not to respond to De La Hoya’s charges that he cheated on two different holes two years ago at Trump National golf course in Los Angeles. But he says he had to respond because golf is a game built on integrity.


2:20 p.m.

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is starting a new “Stop Trump Fund” to raise money off businessman Donald Trump’s emergence as the presumptive Republican nominee.

Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook says in an email to supporters that the fundraising drive will “make sure that Trump can never use the power of the presidency” to deport millions of immigrants, prevent Muslims from entering the United States or “punish” women who get abortions.

The campaign is sending free stickers to people who donate to the fund, which will raise money for Clinton’s primary campaign against Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.


2:00 p.m.

With their champion, Sen. Ted Cruz, now out of the presidential race, groups opposing abortion and same-sex marriage say they’ll bide their time and warily assess Donald Trump before deciding whether to back him as the Republican nominee.

During months of campaigning, Trump has made some statements about abortion and gay rights that pleased social conservatives and others that unsettled them. That inconsistency, coupled with various liberal-leaning comments he made in past years, has deprived Trump of an enthusiastic embrace by the social conservative camp.

Now, with Trump the presumptive GOP nominee, there are recalculations being made by activist leaders who had backed Cruz, such as Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council. Perkins says key factors will include who Trump picks as his running mate.


12:35 p.m.

Don’t expect to see Mitt Romney at the Republican Party’s national convention this summer.

An aide to the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee confirms that Romney isn’t planning to attend the convention where Donald Trump is expected to become the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nominee. The aide spoke on the condition of anonymity to share internal discussions.

Romney has been an aggressive critic of Trump. The former Massachusetts governor vowed earlier in the year that he’d rather write someone in than vote for Trump in the general election.

Trump became the GOP’s presumptive nominee this week after both of his remaining rivals dropped out of the race.


12:25 p.m.

Freshman Republican Sen. Ben Sasse says America should draft an alternative to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, someone who would be an “honest leader” and “an adult.”

“Why are we confined to these two terrible options?” Sasse writes in a manifesto titled “An Open Letter to Majority America.”

“This is America. If both choices stink, we reject them and go bigger. That’s what we do,” he says.

Sasse, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, doesn’t offer a preferred candidate —although over Twitter he’s mentioned former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn.

But he says after discussions with his constituents it’s clear that voters want a better option. Nebraska’s Republicans have yet to vote in the presidential election; their primary is May 10.


11:30 a.m.

Donald Trump says he has nothing against Janet Yellen but would likely replace her as Fed chair once her term is up.

In an interview with CNBC, the likely Republican presidential nominee says he thinks it would be appropriate for him to nominate someone else to lead the Fed since Yellen is not a Republican. President Barack Obama selected Yellen to succeed Republican Ben Bernanke. Her four-year term as Fed leader ends on Feb. 3, 2018.

Trump says he has “absolutely nothing against” Yellen, calling her a “very capable person.” While Yellen’s term as chair ends in 2018, she could remain as a governor on the Fed’s seven-member board. Her 14-year term as a Fed board member does not end until Jan. 31, 2024.


11:25 a.m.

Donald Trump is tapping private investor Steven Mnuchin to lead his presidential fundraising.

Trump is a celebrity businessman who largely financed his primary bid through personal loans to his campaign. He says that while he will continue to put up “substantial money,” he must also develop a more traditional fundraising approach now that he is likely to face off with Democrat Hillary Clinton in the general election.

Mnuchin is chairman and chief executive officer of Dune Capital management LLC, a private investment firm, and previously worked at the New York bank Goldman Sachs.

Trump says in a statement that he has worked with Mnuchin “in a business capacity. Mnuchin “brings his expertise in finance to what will be an extremely successful fundraising operation for the Republican Party,” Trump says.

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