Republican Meg Whitman backs Hillary Clinton for president, denounces Trump

Romney also has declined to endorse Trump, though he has not gone so far as to endorse Clinton. For more than a decade Trump has heavily depended on funds from the latter for his business deals, and has been desperately trying to get permission to build in Russia itself from Putin, who directly through Russian state agencies and indirectly through the oligarchs controls an huge horde of money.

When Fox polled voters in late June - before both conventions - Clinton was up only six points, 44 per cent to 38 per cent.

Donald Trump has long claimed that the policies of the Obama administration - and of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - gave rise to the Islamic State. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va. Clinton has chosen Kaine to be her running mate.

After Hillary Clinton walked onto the stage in Philadelphia to accept the Democratic nomination, Donald Trump entered one of the worst weeks of his campaign. During the campaign, she called for tougher sanctions against employers who hire illegal workers, but her campaign suffered after it was revealed that she employed an illegal immigrant maid from Mexico for nine years. 62 percent say the same for Trump.

Ms Whitman is the first of America's financial elite to fully defect from the Republican party and lend their support to Ms Clinton.

While Whitman did not officially endorse Clinton until this week, she's made no secret of her disdain for Trump. "This was much easier", Trump went on to say -- comments that were quickly condemned as making light of the sacrifice of service members who have been wounded in combat. Whitman funded her own, ultimately failed campaign to be elected governor of California in 2010.

"Of course he's going to work with Paul Ryan", Manafort said Trump has "tried to bridge the party together" with Ryan. "If we are prohibited from manufacturing in the right locations", she said in an interview aired on CNBC's Squawk On The Street, "that means that jobs in the United States will be in jeopardy, because Hewlett Packard won't thrive".

"Wouldn't that be embarrassing to lose to crooked Hillary Clinton?".

The most powerful Republicans in Washington and New York's Trump Tower concede things will not change unless Trump wants them to.

  • Audrey Hill