Mark Cuban and Gennifer Flowers at hub at the end of the debates guest controversy while Trump manager disclaims investor links between Russia talks is part of official campaign

The US presidential election turned into an increasingly soiled contend on Sunday, as referendums indicated the gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tightening ahead of their first televised debate.

Trumps campaign manager did not rule out future prospects of the nominee get personal onstage at Hofstra University in New York by summon the souls of Bill Clintons sex life, insisting that the Republican campaigner had a right to defend himself.

The two camps traded menaces over who would be in the debate audience. After Clintons team confirmed that it had offered a front sequence bench to billionaire Trump critic Mark Cuban, Trump responded that he might invite Gennifer Flowers, a former model who had an extramarital encounter with Bill Clinton in the 1980 s.

On Sunday, Clinton campaign chair John Podesta described Trumps reaction as to dive in the sewer and go for a swim, although the Republican nominees loping teammate, Mike Pence, denied that Flowers would be present.

Bob Schieffer, a revered broadcaster who has moderated presidential debates, commented on CBS: Those kinds of things are beneath the dignity of the place that these two parties are ranging for. I think they both would do well to think about that.

The shadow boxing came as a Washington Post/ ABC poll put Clinton precisely two points ahead among likely voters, 46% to 44%. A questionnaire by the Morning Consult website yielded Trump an boundary of one point.

The debate on Long Island is predicted to draw an audience of 100 million, a record for a political happening. National security will peculiarity among the topics. Many are intrigued by the prospect of car-crash television and just how ugly things might make. Online fact-checkers and a immense following on Twitter are likely to play a major role in real time in shaping the narrative of victory and defeat.

On NBCs Meet the Press on Sunday, host Chuck Todd wondered if the aim of inviting Cuban, who has questioned Trumps financial importance, was to get under Trumps skin.

Podesta replied: No, I imagine Mark Cuban is only one of the business leaders who was never involved in partisan politics whos endorsed Hillary because he believes eggshell work better for their own economies. I think that, you are familiar with, you met[ Trumps] reaction, whose purpose is to do his favorite sport, whose purpose is to dive in the sewer and go for a swim.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted: If silly Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front sequence, perhaps I will apply Gennifer Flowers right alongside of him! Flowers herself then tweeted: Hi Donald. You know Im in your reces and is certainly be at the conversation!

On Sunday, his allies was asked to defuse the issue. Vice-presidential campaigner Pence told Fox News Sunday: Gennifer Flowers will not be attending the dispute tomorrow evening. Donald was employing the tweet yesterday actually to tease great efforts by Hillary Clinton and her expedition to truly distract attention from where the American beings are going to be focused tomorrow night, which is on the issues, its on the choice that we face.

Trumps campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told CNNs State of the Union she could not confirm that Flowers would attend.

I cant believe how easily baited the Clinton campaign was, she said. Basically, Mr Trump was saying, Look, if Mark Cuban is going to send out these texts that say the humbling at Hofstra and this is his big downfall, then Mr Trump was putting them on notice that we could certainly invite clients that may get into the heads of state of Hillary Clinton.

But we have not invited members formally and we dont expect her happening there as a client of the Trump campaign.

One of the debates numerous subplots will be the question of whether Trump might be elicited into lashing out, perhaps by meeting Clinton with her husbands past adulteries in a bid to humble her. It would be a risky move for the tycoon, himself thrice married.

Conway said: He has a right to defend themselves against anything that Secretary Clinton may say in response. Theres no plan to do that. Im not going to expose what we have been doing in our discussions exchanges. But the fact is that he has every right to defend himself.

You know, hes always, invariably criticized, and then the moment he counterpunches, then beings are just sickened that he would do that, he would try to defend himself.

But he will answer the issues to, as we certainly hope that the questions go to plan. Answer the questions that the American beings have. They deserve and expect these candidates to be talking about the issues.

Clintons campaign manger, Robby Mook, told the same substantiate: None knows which Donald Trump is going to show up to this debate. And, in fact, his erratic nature has been a subject of quite a bit at the end of the debates and I would reason its why hes not fit and prepared to be president.

Coming 56 years to the day after the first presidential dispute, between John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon, Mondays battle shows set to be the most erratic and potentially the most brutal ever held. Clinton is a seasoned politician who has been preparing with lampoon conversations reportedly featuring her aide Philippe Reines in the role of her adversary. Trump is a impetuou businessman and TV entertainer who lunged insults at his opponents during the course of its Republican primaries.

On CBSs Face the Nation on Sunday, Paul Ryan, the House speaker who, as Mitt Romneys guiding mate, debated Joe Biden in 2012, admonished Trump: Over-prepare. Look, Hillary Clintons been doing this most of her life. She is the consummate pro. This is new for Donald. So I think he should certainly over-prepare for it.

And the thing I feel, obviously I prepared for these myself. You have to offer the country a perception, go on offence, engage your event, deem your antagonist accountable. But then demonstrate the country future directions you want to go and cook, develop, prepare. And I hope hes doing that.

On Sunday morning, Trump matched Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Trump Tower in New York City. Netanyahu was due to meet Clinton eventually.

A Trump campaign statement said: Mr Trump holds the view that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish beings for over 3,000 years, and that the United States, under a Trump administration, will finally approving the long-standing Congressional authorization to acknowledge Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the state of Israel.

Carter Page, whom Donald Trump has appointed as a foreign policy adviser, communicates at the World Trade Center in Moscow. Photo: Dmitry Serebryakov/ TASS

Trump could face difficult questions from Clinton, and indeed dispute moderator Lester Holt, over his business ties to Russia and reproduced praise for president of the conference, Vladimir Putin. Conway tried to interval her nominee from an adviser reportedly under investigation for convenes with elderly Russian officials. She denied that Carter Page, an vigor investor whom Trump named as an adviser the beginning of this year , now had any contact with the Trump campaign.

This week, Yahoo News, quoting US intelligence sources speaking on condition of obscurity, reported that Page was under investigation for private connections with senior Kremlin agents about the possible lifting of economic sanctions. The Guardian could not independently show an investigation.

Its on our radar screen, the website mentioned public officials as saying. Its being looked at.

Earlier this year, Trump named Page specifically as one of five foreign policy advisers. Last month, campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks announced Page an an informal consultant referred as part of a much larger radical several months ago.

Speaking to CNN, Conway strenuously scorned any is linked to Page, who worked in Russia for Merrill Lynch from 2004 to 2007 and subsequently founded an vigour busines and has argued against US sanctions on Russian officials.

Hes not part of our national protection or foreign policy briefs at all, surely, Conway said. Hes certainly not part of the campaign that Im loping. We have a number of parties, superb people. Hes not among other issues at Trump Tower.

Conway did not deny that Page may have contacted with Kremlin officers, who have been accused by some US officials of attempting to intrude in the American general elections. A hack on the Democratic National Committee, for example, was retraced by independent defence firms to Russian security services.

If hes doing that, hes surely not doing that with the permission of the campaign, Conway said. Hes certainly not authorised to do that.

Clintons campaign has secreted an ad relating Trumps refusal to release tax returns a break with 40 years of poll institution with possible business sakes in Russia. The Trump Organizations significant ties to foreign businesses could create countless conflicts of interest for a Trump White House, though it remains unknown what grips Trump has in Russia, if any.


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