Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

After reports surfaced on Wednesday evening President Enrique Peña Nieto told Donald Trump that Mexico would not pay for a border wall during their meeting, the Trump campaign explained that it would have been "inappropriate" for Trump to begin negotiations.

"Today was the first part of the discussion and a relationship builder between Mr. Trump and President Peña Nieto. It was not a negotiation, and that would have been inappropriate," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement Wednesday evening. "It is unsurprising that they hold two different views on this issue, and we look forward to continuing the conversation."

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During her speech at the American Legion convention in Ohio on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton knocked Donald Trump for planning a last-minute trip to Mexico to meet with the country's president.

Clinton focused much of her speech on American exceptionalism and the importance of the United States' alliances, and she worked in a few digs at Trump.

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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Wednesday morning said that the Mexican people do not want Donald Trump to visit the country, despite Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's invitation for the Republican nominee to attend a meeting.

"We don't like him. We don't want him. We reject his message. I don't understand why President Pena has offered this opportunity. I think it's nothing more than a political stunt," Fox said on CNN's "New Day." "Trump is using Mexico, is using President Pena to boost his sinking poll numbers. I think that President Pena is taking an enormous political risk by hosting Trump. If he's perceived as going soft on Trump, it will hurt him greatly."

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During a campaign event in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) tore into Donald Trump for failing to release his tax returns and medical records, mocking a letter from the Republican nominee's doctor boasting about his excellent health.

"The Trump campaign just feels like Trump’s next big con," Kaine said at the rally, according to Buzzfeed News. "He’s hiding his financial bill of health. He’s trying to cover up his web of foreign engagements and conflicts and interests. And he won’t even release credible information about his health."

"Donald Trump, it’s time for you to come clean," he added. "Release your tax returns. Explain your business interests. Start telling the truth!"

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Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who has been advising Donald Trump on foreign policy, said on Tuesday that God played a role in the real estate mogul becoming the Republican presidential nominee.

"I actually supported Ted Cruz. I thought he was fabulous but I also see that at the end of the day God raised up, I believe, Donald Trump who was going to be the nominee in this election," Bachmann said on CBN's "The Brody File." "I don't think God sits things out. He's a sovereign God. Donald Trump became our nominee."

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Donald Trump Jr. said Tuesday that his father's most recent comments on immigration do not represent a "softening," and he insisted that the Republican nominee still wants to deport all undocumented immigrants from the United States.

"He wasn’t softening on anything. He didn’t change his stance on anything," Donald Trump Jr. said during an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper that aired in part Tuesday afternoon.

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The campaign coordinator for David Duke's Senate campaign on Tuesday morning said that Donald Trump only disavowed robocalls from Duke urging voters to back Trump because the Republican nominee's advisers directed him to do so.

"If he was not forced to, he would have never disavowed David," campaign coordinator Mike Lawrence told TPM, adding that he believes Trump was told to disavow Duke by an adviser.

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As preparation for the upcoming debates, the Hillary Clinton campaign has talked with the ghostwriter of Donald Trump's book "The Art of the Deal" to get a better understanding of the Republican nominees insecurities, the New York Times reported.

Writer Tony Schwartz told the New Yorker in July that he regrets helping Trump with the 1980s bestseller. He called Trump a "sociopath" and said that the real estate mogul has a "completely compulsive" need for attention.

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