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Trump Introduces Brexit Leader at Campaign Rally

  • Ken Schwartz

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump welcomes Nigel Farage, left, ex-leader of the British UKIP party, to speak at a campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump welcomes Nigel Farage, left, ex-leader of the British UKIP party, to speak at a campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump brought out a special guest at a rally Wednesday night in Jackson, Mississippi -- former British Independence Party chief Nigel Farage.

Farage was a leader of the so-called Brexit campaign, in which British voters chose to pull the country out of the European Union in a June referendum.

Trump was a strong supporter of Brexit, calling it Britain's independence day. As he trotted Farage onto the stage in Jackson, Trump said it is time for the U.S. to declare its independence from what he said is corporate control of the government, special interests and a rigged system.

Trump's campaign has said he plans to modify his immigration proposals in which he had promised to bar Muslims from coming to the U.S., while deporting millions of others who entered the country illegally.

He told Fox News he will "soften" his immigration proposals by working with illegals without granting them amnesty. But there was no sign of any softening Wednesday night.

He accused Hillary Clinton of supporting policies to help illegal immigrants while ignoring U.S. citizens and embracing globalism.

Earlier Wednesday in Tampa, Florida, Trump said he would impose tariffs on Chinese imports to the U.S. to "level the field on trade."

China has to understand "we're not playing games anymore," he said.

Clinton finally responded to Trump's repeated allegations of improprieties stemming from her affiliation with the Clinton Foundation during her time as Secretary of State. During a nationally televised interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper -- her first in almost a month -- Clinton called Trump's comments "ridiculous," and said her "work as Secretary of State was not influenced by outside sources."

Emails recently released from Clinton's tenure at the State Department appear to show how donors to the foundation asked for and occasionally received face time with Clinton or her staff at the State Department. Trump has seized on the issue and accused Hillary and former President Bill Clinton of setting up the charity as a "business to profit from public office."

An Associated Press report from Monday shows that more than half of the non-government meetings Clinton took as Secretary of State were with donors to the Clinton Foundation. Though the meetings did not appear to violate legal agreements, Clinton acknowledged the appearance of impropriety and dismissed it.

"I know there's a lot of smoke. There's no fire," she said during the CNN interview.

Also Wednesday, Hillary Clinton's campaign proposed a Public Health Rapid Response Fund, which would give the president authority to release millions of dollars to immediately tackle a health emergency without having to wait for Congress to approve the money.

Democrats have complained that Republicans went on summer recess without authorizing the millions of dollars the White House wants to fight a Zika outbreak.

Zika has turned up in Florida and federal health experts warn that the hot and sticky Gulf states, where mosquitoes thrive, could be the next ground zero for an outbreak.

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