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Violence again convulses 2016 election campaign, testing Trump, Clinton

10 July 2016

Hillary, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, gave interviews to CNN and two other television channels - MSNBC and PBS - wherein she faced questions on the e-mail controversy and shared her views following the "ambush style" shooting in Dallas that killed five police officers.

Donald Trump cancelled a rally planned in Miami, while Hillary Clinton did the same for a fundraiser with Vice President Joe Biden in Scranton, Penn., though she did keep her engagement in Philadelphia for Friday afternoon at the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) national convention.

The presumptive Democratic nominee wrote on Twitter that she mourned for the officers "shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters".

In the video, released by his campaign, Trump lamented the shooting in Dallas, where five officers were killed and seven others wounded by what police said was a lone gunman who was bent on killing white cops and was upset about the recent police-involved shootings.

"That is a tragic event", she said.

"Racial divisions have gotten worse, not better", Trump said.

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Trump also made his first mention of the two black men killed by police this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.

He also called Sterling's and Castile's deaths a reminder of "how much more work we have to do to make every American feel that their safety is protected". "We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street", Trump said in a statement.

In the CNN interview, Clinton emphasized the need for empathy for both black communities affected by police brutality and law enforcement officers targeted due to their race and profession.

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"Va. Lt. Governor Ralph Northam and Hillary Clinton are pitting minorities against the police", it said.

Three days of killings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas ripped open the festering wounds of alleged police aggression and racial profiling, and gun violence that American society - its politicians, its police and its people - have struggled to heal.

However, she also said Americans must "acknowledge that implicit bias still exists across society and even in the best police departments".

"Our nation has become too divided", Trump said. "In times like this we must remember - and emphasize - the importance of uniting as Americans".

I am going to be talking to white people. "The fact is that there are communities in America where black families tell us that they are fearful with interacting with local law enforcement".

Trump hadn't addressed the civilian shootings until Friday, when he lamented the "senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota".

She said she understood the decision to postpone the rally because of the Dallas shootings. Clinton reiterated her earlier acknowledgements that using a private server and using private email accounts were mistakes.

"I don't think this is an issue that she needs to take advantage of", he said.

"We wish to advise all Bahamians traveling to the United States but especially to the affected cities to exercise appropriate caution generally", the government said in a release.

"My condolences are with the families of the officers who lost their lives in last night's horrific attack, and my thoughts continue to be with the injured and those in the Dallas area affected by this unspeakable tragedy", he said.