Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump planned to release a new barrage of criticism of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Wednesday in a speech targeting her long public life that promises to focus on two things: money and Bill Clinton.
Trump scheduled a speech in New York and previewed his remarks on Tuesday in Twitter posts and a barrage of campaign emails criticizing Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, on issues from her character to her husband's trade policies.
Trump alleged Clinton's decisions as secretary of state were influenced by donations to her family's Clinton Foundation charity, even though the State Department has said it has no evidence of any such link. Clinton has defended her record and said the foundation fully disclosed donation records.
"Hillary defrauded America as Secy of State," Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday. "She used it as a personal hedge fund to get herself rich! Corrupt, dangerous, dishonest."
Embracing a favorite theme, Trump also took aim at what he called "Hillary-backed" trade policies that cost millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs since her husband, Bill Clinton, became president in 1993.
Another campaign email accused Bill Clinton of pushing "legislation that fueled the subprime lending crisis" that led to the 2007-8 recession and accused Hillary Clinton, a former senator, of trying to block reforms of financial lending institutions in the Senate.
Trump had planned to deliver a speech targeting Clinton on June 13 in New Hampshire but refocused those remarks on national security after the massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
On Tuesday, Clinton delivered her own blistering attack on Trump, saying that putting the real estate magnate in the White House would be a disaster for the U.S. economy.
Clinton also said Trump's plan to scrap trade deals could start "trade wars" and that the agreements should instead be renegotiated if they do not benefit American workers.
Trump's attacks came as campaign finance disclosures this week revealed a huge funding gap with Clinton five months before the Nov. 8 presidential election. Trump had only $1.3 million in cash, compared to Clinton's $42 million war chest.
The New York businessman said he would pour personal funds into his campaign if needed and then attacked Clinton for her fundraising prowess.
"Every time she raises money she's making deals," Trump said in an interview broadcast on Wednesday on CBS "This Morning." "All of the money she's raising, it's blood money, it's blood money."