Trump attacks media for questioning his donations to vets

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump took a rare defensive posture Tuesday against media inquiries into the money he raised for veterans after skipping a debate in January — but then quickly launched into a no-holds-barred assault on the “dishonest” press. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton picked up California Gov. Jerry Brown’s endorsement. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports.

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  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    The Republicans' presidential nominee-to-be declared today that, when it comes to veterans, he has indeed put his money where his mouth is.

    Lisa Desjardins has our report.

  • LISA DESJARDINS:

    It was something relatively rare for Donald Trump, going on the defensive, as he held a news conference at his New York hotel.

    DONALD TRUMP (R), Republican Presidential Candidate: I have raised a tremendous amount of money for the vets, almost $6 million, and more money is going to come in, I believe, over the next little while, too, but I have raised almost $6 million. All of the money has been paid out. I have never received such bad publicity for doing such a good job.

  • LISA DESJARDINS:

    This goes back to January, when Trump boasted about a fund-raiser he held for veterans while boycotting a Republican debate.

  • DONALD TRUMP:

    We just cracked $6 million, right?

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • LISA DESJARDINS:

    But, for months, reporters have asked for proof and specifics. Today, Trump revealed where that money went, an array of more than 40 organizations, from work with service dogs to scholarships for families.

    And he quickly turned to going on attack against journalists covering the story.

  • DONALD TRUMP:

    I have to tell you, the press is so dishonest. This sleazy guy right over here from ABC, he's a sleaze.

  • QUESTION:

    It seems as though you're resistant to scrutiny, the kind of scrutiny that comes with running for president of the United States.

    (CROSSTALK)

  • DONALD TRUMP:

    But you know what? When I raise money…

    (CROSSTALK)

  • QUESTION:

    You raise money for veterans.

  • DONALD TRUMP:

    Excuse me. Excuse me. I have watched you on television. You're a real beauty.

  • LISA DESJARDINS:

    Trump did get some supportive words today from the top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell.

    SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY), Majority Leader: Well, I think Donald Trump is a phenomenon.

  • WOMAN:

    Really? You don't think our party changed their views on those issues?

  • SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL:

    Look, I haven't changed my views. And I don't believe Donald Trump is going to change the Republican Party in any fundamental way. My view is that Trump has earned the nomination because he went out and got the most votes. And we need to be respectful of the electoral process that has produced this nominee.

  • LISA DESJARDINS:

    Meanwhile, Democrats were all offense and metaphor in California. Bernie Sanders showed up to support the Golden State Warriors in their must-win and did-win NBA playoff game last night. He tweeted: "Last week, Golden State was down three games to one. Tonight, they finished off a great comeback in California. I like comebacks."

    Today, in San Francisco, Sanders was surrounded by nurses, one of his biggest sources of union support, as he talked health care.

  • SEN. BERNIE SANDERS, Democratic Presidential Candidate:

    How can we be satisfied when 28 million people in this country today have zero health insurance?

  • LISA DESJARDINS:

    Hillary Clinton's offense? It came from California Governor Jerry Brown, who surprised many by endorsing her today, a big coup for the front-runner, who has changed her travel schedule to focus more on the Golden State.

    But the candidate herself stopped short of predicting victory in California. She spoke by phone to MSNBC.

    HILLARY CLINTON (D), Democratic Presidential Candidate: Well, I'm feeling very positive about my campaign in California. We are working really hard.

  • LISA DESJARDINS:

    Clinton is now 71 delegates away from clinching the nomination.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Lisa Desjardins.

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