Trump Cancels Boston Fundraiser, Will Deliver ‘Major’ Speech in New Hampshire

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Donald Trump has canceled his Boston fundraiser, and will instead deliver a “major” speech in Manchester, New Hampshire Monday, in light of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting.

Along with the Boston fundraiser—a $2,300-a-head luncheon at the Langham Hotel in the Financial District, just a five-minute stroll from the Mexican consulate—Trump also canceled two campaign events in New Hampshire: a rally in Portsmouth, where he received the New England Police Benevolent Association’s endorsement in December, and another fundraiser in Rye.

The presumptive Republican presidential candidate’s speech at St. Anselm College in Manchester is expected to discuss Sunday’s terrorist attack on Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 people dead and 53 injured. Two victims of the attack were natives of Western Massachusetts.

I will be going to New Hampshire today, home of my first primary victory, to discuss terror and the horrible events of yesterday. 2:30 P.M.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2016

The shooter, 29-year-old Florida man Omar Mateen, reportedly called 911 and pledged his allegiance to the so-called Islamic State during the massacre, in addition to referencing the Tsarnaev brothers. Mateen, a U.S. citizen, had been interviewed by the FBI twice and was not deemed a threat, the agency said.

As the bodies were still being cleared from the nightclub, Trump took to Twitter, calling for President Barack Obama’s resignation, and doubling down on his proposed ban on Muslims entering the country.

Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016

Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn't he should immediately resign in disgrace!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016

What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning. Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016

During a lengthy interview with Fox News Monday morning, Trump suggested that Obama was somehow involved with the Orlando shooting.

“Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,” he said. “And the something else in mind — you know, people can’t believe it. People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”

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