A group of veterans gather outside Trump Tower in New York City to protest presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, following his news conference detailing what happened to contributions he raised for veterans. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Veterans against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are demanding the presumptive GOP nominee stop using them as "political props." The vets, members of a grassroots organization called VetsVsHate, gathered outside Trump Tower in New York City following a news conference held by the Republican front-runner detailing what happened to contributions he raised for U.S. military veterans groups. "This is not about how much money he donates. We're not saying show me the money. What this is about is his track record of failing to live up to his commitments," said Alexander McCoy, a member of VetsVsHate. During the combative news conference at Trump Tower, the billionaire detailed $5.6 million from a fund-raising effort in January in Iowa. "The press should be ashamed of themselves," Trump said. "You make me look very bad. I've never received such bad publicity for doing a good job." He called an ABC News reporter at the event "sleazy." Trump said the effort had raised $5.6 million and was being distributed to 41 groups that are dedicated to helping military veterans. He said the total could climb higher as more money comes in. Trump turned the microphone over briefly to Al Baldasaro, a Trump supporter and a veteran from New Hampshire who also skewered the news media, saying reporters should "get your head out of your butt and focus on the real issues." Trump read out a list of veterans' organizations that had received money from the January event, which he attended instead of participating in a Fox News-sponsored candidates' debate.