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this disease. we certainly wish you luck in finding it. >> "the '80ss," thursday night at 9:00. let's send you to washington. "the lead with jake tapper" starts now. thanks, brooke. donald trump calling reporters dishonest, sleazy liars. those are the ones he left into the press conference. "the lead" starts right now. some tough talk from donald trump. the republican front-runner taking tough questions about the millions he promised to veterans charities and what he promised trump university students who just wanted to be rich like him. she calls donald trump the loose cannon. how will hillary clinton react to today's testy trumpy media showdown? we'll ask the democratic front-runner live right here on "the lead." plus, crime, corruption, raw sewage? and zika. the olympic torch shining a light on rio and some now
wondering whether the 2016 games are cursed. good afternoon, everyone, welcome to the "the lead." i'm jake tapper. donald trump facing accountability questions on two fronts, his promise in january to donate $6 million to veterans groups and the lawsuit regarding trump university, his controversial real estate investment program. mr. trump addressed both today at his news conference. today we have new reporting going behind the scenes at the now defunct trump university. cnn senior investigative correspondent drew griffin has more on that story. we begin with jim acosta outside trump tower. jim, at mr. trump's press conference today, he seemed angry about being asked some pretty basic questions on how much he actually raised for these veterans charities and where the money went. >> that's right, jake. donald trump tried to clear up some of the questions about the money he's raised for these
veterans' causes but he did not take any joy in doing so, accusing the news media of generating controversy to damage his campaign. it was supposed to be a day for donald trump to salute the nation's veterans and highlight the $5.6 millio he's raised for their causes. >> this is my check for a million dollars. >> reporter: trump ticked off the more than 40 groups he claims are receiving donations, some in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, from the fisher house foundation to the bob woodruff foundation and the intrepid fallen heroes fund. questions about where the money is going, trump engaged in verbal combat of his own, against a target he's attacked before. >> you know my opinion of the media, it's very low. >> reporter: the news media. >> instead of being like than you very much, mr. trump or trump did a good job, everyone is saying who got it, who got it, who got it? you make me look very bad. >> reporter: trump took aim at
the reporters asking the questions. >> it seems as though you're resistant to the kind of scrutiny that comes with running for president of the united states. you're raising money for veterans. >> excuse me, excuse me, i've watched you on television. you're a real beauty. what i don't want is when i raise millions of dollars, have people say, like this sleazy guy right over here from abc, he's a sleaze in my book. >> reporter: trump went on to say he never wanted in he credit for helping veterans' causes. >> i didn't want to have credit for it. actually, though, what i got was worse than credit. they were questioning me. >> reporter: it was trump who launched his fund-raising drive as a major media event, rivaling a gop debate in iowa he was skipping. >> we raised close to six to be totally honest. and i have to say, a lot more to come. >> reporter: trump's fiery news conference was only the latest example of how the real estate tycoon treats people he doesn't like. today he was asked why he
highlighted the mexican heritage of the judge handling the fraud case against trump university. >> i'm a man of principle. most of the people who took those courses have letters saying they thought it was great essentially. >> reporter: he didn't answer the question. then there's the disabled reporter he once mocked. >> i don't know what i said. >> reporter: fox news anchor meggme megyn kelly. >> you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. >> reporter: massachusetts senator elizabeth warren. >> i was being hit by pocahontas. pocahontas. pocahontas! that's elizabeth warren. >> reporter: critics charge it's the same kind of intolerance that gave birth to his call for a ban on muslims entering the u.s. as trump told reporters today, his combative style isn't about to change, even at white house news conferences. >> it is going to be like this, david. if the press writes false stories like they did with this.
>> reporter: trump also wrote off the possibility of a third party election challenge coming up in the general election campaign. he described libertarian candidate gary johnson as a fringe candidate. jake, he heads to california next even though he has the gop nomination well within his grasp. there are plenty of trump critics in california as well. he's not changing his style one bit as you heard today. as trump tried to celebrate his good deeds, a class-action lawsuit is putting a spotlight on alleged transgressions. a california judge released the so-called playbooks from trump university, the sales pitch manuals trump tried to keep private. some students are calling the real estate courses a fraud and claiming they were duped out of tens of thousands of dollars. let's bring in drew griffin. drew, the judge says releasing the playbook serves a public interest since trump is a presidential candidate. what did these students think they were getting when they signed up for this course?
>> they thought they'd be taught the secrets to dip's real estate success. if seems clear now from the depositions in the case that that may not have been the case. as for the playbooks that are released, they're dealing with how to do everything to bring these potential clients to an emotional level where they're going to buy into this stuff. it's the sales material here that's most interesting. it shows what the lawsuits have been alleging, that trump university, not really a university, btw, was less in the business of education and more in the business of making money. jake, here's some examples. sales people were told to go after potential clients with a net worth of $200,000. never -- always make customers feel special and selected that only the qualified would be able to take a trump university course. find out about financial lives, how much credit these people had on each credit card they brought and encourage them to use credit cards to pay for tuition. and never give customers details about what they will be learning
in advanced training. all while being mindful of the ethical and moral impact of our actions. that is an interesting statement, considering the lawsuits filed, including the one here in new york by the attorney general. >> this is thousands of people who were taken for millions of dollars. >> reporter: new york's attorney general eric schneider man is leading one of three lawsuits against donald trump and trump university. the lawsuits all basically say the same thing, that almost everything about trump university was a lie, starting with the name. >> action is what trump university is all about. >> reporter: it wasn't a university. and its teachers didn't teach any donald trump secrets, according to new york's attorney general. >> these are all people that are hand picked by me. >> reporter: and none of trump university's experts who taught at the seminar were picked by donald trump. this man says he paid more than $26,000 for the real estate
course. but he says he got useless information and instructors constantly pressuring him to buy even more. >> what the heck are you talking about? more money and i'm not learning anything. >> you didn't learn anything in that class? >> no. >> reporter: he's one of many former students suing in class-action lawsuits against trump university. trump has been complaining of unfair treatment by the various courts, including one of the cases in california where he hit back at san diego federal judge gonzalo coriel. whose ruling allowed for the release of the trump university sales playbooks. >> he's a hater of donald trump, a hater. a hater. his name is gonzalo curiel. and he is not going the right thing. the judge who happens to be, we believe mexican, which is great, i think that's fine. you know what, i think the mexicans are going to end up loving donald trump.
>> jake, these cases will continue to be a campaign issue because they are moving along and will continue through the november election. the first trial set to take place the end of november. jake? >> all right, drew griffin, thank you. donald trump taking several swipes at hillary clinton today in the press conference. hillary clinton herself will respond live right here in just a few minutes. that's coming up.
welcome back to "the lead," i'm jake tapper. donald trump has promised to do more to unify the republican party after the divisive primaries. when asked about criticisms from within his party that he needs to stop attacking his fellow republicans such as mitt romney or governor suzana martinez and billy kristol. in response, he said -- >> if somebody is going to say a little bit negative or a lot negative, if they happen to be republican, i may choose to hit them back. >> how does that sit with his new-found supporters. shawn duffy was a rubio supporter. he now backs the nominee. congressman, thanks for being here. first and foremost, congratulations on your eighth
child, your baby boy. >> thank you very much. we just had him a couple days ago. he's finally safe at home. wonderful. >> please tell your wife we say hello and best wishes. let's look at the issue here. i want to get your opinion on the press conference when it comes to dealing with republicans who are critical of him. does he have a point? is counterpunching when people say critical things about him, is that fair game? >> i think it doesn't take any skin off him when he punches back on republicans or conservatives who bring him down. when you talk about unifying the party, i don't think anything unifies the party more than a press conference where he goes after the media where republicans and conservatives think the media leans left and going after hillary clinton. those are two things republicans love their candidate to do. donald trump did it today. that's how you unify this party around a common theme and set of ideas. >> i take your point on the lack of trust that many in the country but certainly especially
conservatives and republicans have when it comes to the media. to be fair to the people at the press conference, those reporters were trying to find out what happened to money, millions of dollars, that mr. trump said he was going to give to veterans charities. it was basic accountability questions. >> yes, that's not you, jake, you're fair. i would say to the press conference, i think it is fair to ask the question. and they did. but i also think conservatives look and say, hey, hillary clinton and bill clinton made $25 million giving speeches in the last two years. how much has she given to veterans? how much has she raised for veterans? those are all fair questions. we had a hearing in tohma about the v.a. system and long wait lines. how do we fix the v.a. system and taking care of our vets? here you have donald trump who's actually doing the right thing trying to raise money to protect and care for our vets. and it seems like the media was coming at him a little bit hard. he pushed back. i think he gets a lot of love
for that, which is a good thing when you want to unify the party. >> speaking of unifying the party, you supported marco rubio, senator rubio who told me sunday he will support the nominee but he still stands by his criticisms of donald trump during the primaries and caucuses. now, you once said that donald trump talks big but doesn't have any ideas. do you stand by that criticism and other criticisms you made of mr. trump? >> yes, so at the start i thought he was a lot of bluster and not a lot of ideas. he's gone a long way in building out his set of ideas on how you secure the border, how you grow the economy, how you take care of isis. those are things my constituents care about and people around the country care about. he's moving in the right direction. i think it's helpful, republicans care with the supreme court. he's put out his initial list on who he would put on the court. that's helpful. he's not a policy i go guy, he's not a life-long politician. he's a businessman. americans want someone who understands business, understands growth, understands how rules and regulations affect
our ability to grow and create jobs. that's why they look to a guy like donald trump to grow the economy and give them better wages. listen, he's not perfect. but also that's not his forte. when you can stand in front of the media like he did today and punch as hard as he did and come out the winner, it's impressive. republicans haven't been able to do that for decades. that's why you get a slow clap back at home from republicans on their couch thinking he's fantastic. >> even though he was attacking reporters as sleazes and liars when all they were doing was asking questions on behalf of veterans. >> take a look back at candy crowley in the debate four years ago against obama and mitt romney. katie curic misrepresented those who she was interviewing in her documentary on guns. there's a left-leaning bias.
the media leans left. he starts to punch back. i think independents even like that. that's why the media has a trustworthiness of like 40%. because they lean so far left. i don't even think they get it. he's willing to push back that hard and come out a victor, i don't like the language, jake, calling people sleaze bags, that's not the language i use. people sit at home and appreciate that he's willing to look them in the eye and call it the way he sees it and still stand up and go, i gave $6 million almost to veterans. i want to take care of them and look out for them. what has hillary clinton done? how is she helping veterans? how is barack obama remedying and rectifying the v.a.? this stuff is unacceptable. i think donald trump has kept this at the forefront for the last eight months which is a great thing because it has to be fixed. veterans shouldn't die in v.a. when they survive the
battlefield. >> best to you, your newest baby, your seven others and your wife. >> thanks, jake. >> appreciate it. she has nearly all the delegates she needs to clinch the nomination. why is hillary clinton heading to california for last-minute campaigning before tuesday's primary? plus, one nba star saying he might skip the olympics over fears of zika. and that's not all he should be worried about. that story, just ahead.
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holds its primary in a week, clinton scrapped events in new jersey to spend more time out west. brianna keilar is here with me in washington. it seems like there is some concern in the clinton campaign that it's possible, possible, that the headlines will be clinton clinches a number of delegates needed to win the nomination including superdelegates but loses california. >> they feel very good about new jersey, as you know, jake. they actually think in california she is polling ahead of where some of the public polls show. the clinton campaign is emphasizing she doesn't need to win california or new jersey to be the nominee. the problem with that reasoning is she needs to project strength going into the general election. you don't do that by losing a big prize. >> reporter: the end of the democratic primary is in sight. and it runs through california where a whopping 475 pledged delegates are at stake as polls
show hillary clinton and bernie sanders neck and neck, even though clinton is likely to clinch the nomination even before the polls close in california next week, a sanders victory could be a big symbolic loss for clinton headed into the general election. sanders hit the trail in northern california today. >> we need radical transformation of the american health care system. >> reporter: as clinton fund raised in new york, after walking in the memorial day parade in her hometown of chap y p chappaqua. >> i love it here. >> reporter: she moved up her final push in california. >> i am so happy to be here. >> reporter: she won a big endorsement from california governor brown. even this prize brings back memories of old allegations. this was brown debating then governor bill clinton in 1992.
>> he is funneling money to his wife's law firm for state business. that's number one. >> i don't care what you say about me, you ought to be ash e ashamed of yourself for jumping on my wife. >> don't try to escape it. >> reporter: sanders has spent days on end in california, even paying respect money night to the golden state warriors as he trails clinton significantly, he's hoping for a game seven style comeback like the warriors pulled off to advance to the nba finals. >> this ey turned it around. >> reporter: sanders may be hedging his bet. asked sunday about a clinton/sanders ticket, did he not dismiss the idea. >> would you take the call if hillary clinton asked you to be her running mate? >> well, right now, again, what i am -- here we are in california. i'm knocking my brains out to win the democratic nomination. that's where i am right now. what happens afterwards, we'll
see. >> reporter: sanders has been saying should he not be the nominee, clinton needs to pick a liberal running mate, not a moderate democrat. he's trying to influence not only the party platform but the ticket here. hillary clinton recently told cnn the talk of a pairing is something down the road. i think it's unlikely that she'll pick sander as a running mate assuming he is the nominee. >> thanks so much. she is fewer than 100 delegates away from clinching the nomination if you include super delegates. why is hillary clinton worrying about campaigning in california? is she worried that she'll lose the state to senator sanders? our interview with hillary clinton is coming in minutes. don't go anywhere.
welcome back to "the lead," i'm jake tapper. secretary clinton will be live on "the lead" in just minutes. right now let's turn to our sports lead with the rio 2016 summer olympic games just 66 days away, brazil is facing a mountain of potential problems. zika virus fears are growing among athletes an spectators with more than 150 doctors and scientists petitioning for the postponement of the olympics. then there's the political turmoil along with possibly the worst recession in the history of the country which is sparking more violence and more crime in rio. let's bring in cnn's senior international correspondent nick paton walsh, live in rio de janeiro, brazil. it's not just spectators who are concerned. now some athletes are saying they might skip the world's biggest sporting event. >> jake, absolutely. this growing drum beat of concern amongst athletes, most recently the nba title holder,
six-time all-star pau gasol, his opinion suggesting he's deeply concerned about what zika could do to his health if he were to catch it, carrying extra weight. joining, not a chorus but a growing number of sports people who aren't worrying about their events but instead their own personal health. we heard from u.s. soccer goalkeeper hope solo. now jessica ennis hill and others are coming forward saying they're really not sure what it means to be here, increasing uncertainty over how dangerous the disease is itself. that puts their advice in line with the uscdc's. i think it shows how more information is coming to light and perhaps undermines confidence in what scientists know about this particular
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. in our world lead, iraqi security forces continue to intensify their offensive to reclaim the iraqi city of fallujah, a place where dozens of troops lost their lives in two different battles a couple years ago. the forces of isis are, unfortunately, not backing down. violent clashes between iraqi troops and isis today as the iraqi coalition recaptured key villages outside the city, just miles from fallujah, thousands of civilians are desperately trying to make their escape to avoid the violence. according to the united nations, isis gunmen are going door to door, yanking men, women and children from their homes and using some as human shields.
let's bring in head pentagon correspondent barbara starr. we're learning two u.s. service members were injured over the weekend? >> that's right, jake. one in syria, one in iraq. for u.s. military advisers in this area, it is getting very dangerous as these battles intensify. >> reporter: syria's youngest caught in the line of fire in idlib, rescue crews work desperately. a small body pulled from the wreckage. at least 23 people were killed in air strikes, one hitting near a hospital. the russians deny they conducted the strikes. across syria and iraq, civilians caught in the middle as isis tries to defend its turf. in fallujah, the last major isis stronghold in anbar province, iraqi forces are pushing from the south and east. iranian-backed militias from the
north. the u.n. says there are heavy civilian casualties as isis callously uses them for protection. >> there are also reports of several hundred families being used as human shields by isle in the sense of fallujah. >> reporter: iraqi and militia forces not yet in the city's center, there are thousands of booby traps and mines laid by isis. >> if they're being used as human shields as the u.n. report indicates, that means they have no way out. they'll be pawns in the iraqi struggle as well as the shia militias. it will be one of the worst scenes we can possibly imagine. >> reporter: it's significant the iraqis are staying to fight in fallujah, not running away as the battle intensifies. >> we think that the state of play is much improved from a year ago. a year ago, here in iraq, the barbarians were at the gate. baghdad was actually threatened
and in theory, was in direct danger of being invaded by these animals that we call isil. now we've driven them back. >> reporter: from the top u.s. commander, continuing caution. >> i am being very pragmatic in this. i think we will continue to work through more obstacles, continue to see setbacks but i think we'll also see some continued progress. >> reporter: but make no mistake, isis right now fighting bitterly to hold on to every scrap of territory it has. around fallujah, there is another complication, iranian-backed shia militias very much in the fight to counter isis but they are shia, fallujah, a sunni city, some concern eventually a new round of sectarian violence there could break out. jake? >> barbara starr, thank you so much. hillary clinton is no stranger to grillings but what did she make of donald trump's contentious sparring match with reporters today? we'll ask her that and much more, coming up. okay, ready?
welcome back to the alisyn camerota. i'm jake tapper. any minute now we expect democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton to call in and we'll talk to her but first let's bring in two cnn political commentators, hilary rosen is a democratic strategist and clinton supporter. also with me, amanda carpenter, former communications director for senator ted cruz. amanda, let's start with you. it's an interesting thing that's going on today. donald trump giving his press conference about veterans charities. hillary clinton trying to bracket it. first doing a preemptive attack in a press release and doing these phoners, hopefully calling in in a few seconds here. this is the fight for the control of the narrative. >> yes, we're starting to see how the general election will shape up. i do think if we take away the spectacle of donald trump's press conference he's trying to address real problems related to his financial interest, number one, trump university and also
his problems getting the checks out to the veterans. he covers up insults, has a lot of bombast. hillary clinton has an opportunity to capitalize on that but i will say, she shouldn't have to wait hours and hours to respond to trump. because he's had free air time for the last four hours. >> hillary, you heard congressman shawn duffy, republican of wisconsin earlier in the show saying basically here are the two things he got out of the press conference, one, donald trump hates the media. that's going to help him unify the party. and, two, donald trump gave millions of dollars to veterans charity charities. is this a win for him on that level? >> it's a small bore thing. trump just plays this like a fiddle beautifully. i have to give him credit for this. he did this the first time when he did this event instead of the debate. then the only reason we, as we know, he went ahead today and did this press conference and actually forked over all that money is because reporters like
our folks at cnn kept on him about where that money was for these veterans groups who had not yet received it. you know, probably a win for him today. but for all those veterans that he kicked out of trying to sell things in front of trump tower for the veterans, or for trump university or for the veterans who won't get the g.i. bill because he's against it, those aren't so lucky. i think he has a lot to answer for on the score of veterans. i think hillary clinton will keep at it. >> one thing for hillary clinton, her press opportunity wasn't after donald trump delivered the checks. it was before. she should have been pounding the airwaves saying you promised the vets millions of dollars. where is that check, mr. trump? now it's like he didn't deliver the money fast enough, which isn't really a talking point. he took a huge negative of not paying the veterans into a long
commercial of him listing the charities he gave to. >> hillary, how many democrats do you hear from who are worried about hillary clinton losing to donald trump, not waging the kind of campaign he is waging. >> i hear it from a lot of republicans who are not so trump supportive either. look, this is an asymmetric campaign. it requires asymmetric attacks and responses. i think that it's natural pat campaign is looking for its footing to figure out how you get ahead of what trump is doing. but because hillary clinton is a serious person. she actually wants to talk about what the american people are doing and interested in and what issues are going to be on the voters' kitchen tables. and you know, in some respects that is not the campaign that the media is going to let her run and it's definitely not the campaign donald trump is going to run. so i do think that democrats are going to need to be more
aggressive, keeping him on the defensive and i think that the clinton campaign is getting their footing about it. >> amanda, hillary clinton cancelling an event in new jersey to spend more time in california. is it possible, i don't know exactly what is going to happen in terms of the polls and the actual votes, she's still ahead in all the polls i've seen, but it is possible that bernie sanders could win california and she could still clinch the nomination if you include superdelegates. >> i think that is going to cause a lot of problems for hillary clinton in the general election. she has to come out of the democratic primary looking like a winner who won it on the merits of bernie sanders, not the superdelegates. but that she vanquished bernie sanders and she won the nomination outright. right now it doesn't look like that. we've only had a few debates compared to the republicans. i liked the brooklyn debate. it was feisty, loud, i think hillary clinton showed personality. she'd do well to show a lot more of that. i think she should debate bernie sanders again, not for the
purpose of beating bernie sanders in a debate but showing she has what it takes to take on donald trump. >> the brooklyn debate had the lowest rating of all the debates. >> thanks for reminding us of this. >> whichever way we cut it, hillary clinton will win. if you give bernie sanders all the delegates from the states he wins, including california, if he wins california, hillary clinton will still win. this is a phony argument that superdelegates are giving hillary clinton a win. primary voters are giving hillary clinton a win. >> do you think democratic voters are trying to send a message to hillary clinton to maybe consider bringing somebody from the progressive wing of the democratic party on to the ticket with all these strong showings for bernie sanders at the end of the campaign here? >> look, i think hillary clinton is going to consider strong progressives regardless. i don't think she needs to get that message. i think what she's hearing from democratic voters is that they like this discussion of the issues that has happened between her and sanders. we're not getting that in a trump matchup. and i think democrats are a
little bit loathed to give up that, you know, conversation, since it actually is about the issues. >> amanda, jerry brown, the governor of california endorsed hillary clinton today. one week before the primary. does -- do endorsements matter these days? >> i really don't think so, because really, this is a candidate focused election. i know that might sound strange. before you could depend on endorsements, you could depend on surrogates. donald trump is active, in the media at all times, hillary clinton has to adopt a little bit more of that role. you can't say this person endorsed me, that's a reason for voting me. when we don't have an up-close look at you personally compared to donald trump. >> it's a big vote of confidence for jerry brown to come out for hillary clinton for two reasons. first of all, jerry brown was bernie sanders before bernie sanders was bernie sanders. right? he was the ultimate progressive radical and so, him saying, look, hillary clinton is the best person to take us into
beating donald trump is a big thing. >> all right. joining me now on the phone is democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton, secretary clinton, thanks for joining me. >> good to talk to you. thanks a lot. >> donald trump today said he raised at least $5.6 million for veterans charities. he provided an accounting of those donations. your campaign says, quote, nobody should be fooled by this stunt. what do you mean? >> well, i think the problem here is the difference between what donald trump says and what donald trump does. he's bragged for months about raising $6 million for veterans and donating a million dollars himself. but it took a reporter to shame him into actually making his contribution and getting the money to veterans. so look, i'm glad he finally did but i don't know that he should get much credit for that. >> take a listen to mr. trump from today's press conference. >> find out how much hillary
clinton's given to the veterans, nothing. >> what's your response to that? what have you given to veterans charities and more broadly, what have you done for veterans? >> well, i, of course, have given money to veterans chari charities. john mccain and i actually helped raise funding for the intrepid fallen heroes fund at brooke army medical center to build a rehabilitation facility for veterans to get the very best world-class rehabilitation services. i've also worked, starting as first lady, to deal with some of the problems veterans had, whether it was agent orange or whether it was the mysterious illnesses they were bringing back from the gulf war. i worked as a senator on the armed services committee on many
things, for example, increasing death benefits for families of the fallen from just $12,000 to $100,000. and i worked with senator lindsey graham to expand health care to national guard and reserve members. and so much of the work that i've done has meant tens of millions of dollars in increased benefits to veterans and their families as well as a personal commitment. >> historically speaking throughout your decades in public life, you and your husband have had occasionally contentious relationships with journalists, though it certainly never went as far publicly as it did today with donald trump calling journalists sleazy, dishonest and unfair. what went through your mind watching his press conference today? >> well, i have to say, jake, i had my team check. i have done nearly 300 interviews just in 2016.
and i believe that it's important to continue to, you know, speak to the press as i'm doing right now and to understand that his attacking everybody, fellow republicans, democrats, i mean, the press, you just name it, he attacks everybody, is a recipe for gridlock in washington. that's what we've got to break and get away with. he seems to believe or at least is demonstrating, that insulting and attacks is his mode of operations and i just don't think that's going to cut it. if you want to actually produce results for the american people and not only lead at home but lead the world. >> you do do interviews and you're calling in right now, obviously. we appreciate that. but it has been pointed out to me it's been something like five or six months since you've held
an actual press conference. is that something you'll remedy soon? >> i'm sure we will. look, i was shocked myself that i've done nearly 300 interviews. and they're not even sure they captured all the ones i've done. but i believe that we do and we should answer questions. of course i'm going to. and many, many different kinds of settings. >> i want to turn to the sin spe -- inspector general's report. "usa today" called this a threat to national security, one she repeatedly ignored despite multiple warnings. now you're going to have to convince voters that she can put the national security of the united states above her own short-term self-interest. do you see this as a challenge you have to face to convince voters that you'll put national security ahead of your own interest?
>> i think that is obvious. i always have. and the report, just to go back to the actual report, makes it clear that personal e-mail use was the practice under other secretaries of state. and that the rules that they are now referencing were not clarified until after i had left. but look, i've said many times, it was still a mistake and if i could go back i would do it differently. and i understand people may have concerns about this. but i hope voters look at the full picture of everything i've done in my career and the full threat posed by a donald trump presidency and if they do, i have faith in the american people that they will make the right choice here. >> final question, secretary clinton, thanks so much again for calling in. senator sanders is mounting such a strong challenge in california that you've moved around your schedule to spend more time there, though mathematically you'll likely clinch the number of delegates needed even if you don't win the california primary next week, if one includes
superdelegates. you've talk a lot about the democratic party needing to unify and what happened eight years ago with you and senator obama. learning from that experience, what's one thing you would like senator sanders to do to help unify the democratic party and what's one thing you're willing to do to reach out to his supporters? >> well, jake, first let me say i am going to campaign hard. i'll be in new jersey tomorrow. we're campaign hard in all the states that are upcoming. but clearly, california is a big state and i am going to do everything i can to meet as much voters as possible. i was proud to be endorsed by governor jerry brown. and we're going to keep working as dill gently and tirelessly as we can to get as many voters to turn out and vote for me next tuesday. but your question is an important one. i have said repeatedly, i will
certainly do everything i can to unify the democratic party. our campaign has been reaching out to one another. we'll continue to do that. and once the primaries are over, as of next tuesday, we will begin talking in more detail about what we can do to unify the party. as i've said many times, as senator sanders has said, we both are going to do everything we can to prevent donald trump from getting anywhere near the white house. >> madam secretary, thanks so much for calling in. we look forward to having you back some time soon. >> thanks a lot. good to talk to you. take care. bye-bye. >> donald trump will be my guest this sunday on "state of the union, " 9:00 a.m. and noon, sunday right here on