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‘US does not feel great to millions of Americans’

“Our country does not feel ‘great already’ to the millions of wonderful people living in poverty, violence and despair,” Trump said in a tweet after Obama’s address to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Obama earlier told his party delegates, leaders and supporters here that “America is already great. America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump. In fact, it doesn’t depend on any one person. And that, in the end, may be the biggest difference in this election - the meaning of our democracy”.

In a statement, the Trump campaign said that Democratic party leaders did not offer any vision for America during their address in the convention. “Tonight was a sad night for the Democratic Party. They offered no solutions for the problems facing America - in fact, they pretended those problems didn’t even exist,” said Stephen Miller, senior policy advisor to the Trump campaign.

“They described a vision of America that doesn’t exist for most Americans, including the seventy per cent of Americans who think our country is on the wrong track. Never has a party been so disconnected from what is happening in our world,” he said.

Hollande tells Trump: ‘France will always be France’
French President Francois Hollande on Thursday brushed aside comments by White House hopeful Donald Trump that France was “no longer” the country it was because of a string of deadly jihadist attacks.

“France will always be France, because France will never yield and because France is always the bearer of ideals, values and principles, for which we are recognised throughout the world,” Hollande said in a speech in the southwest town of Rivesaltes.

“When you lower your standards, you are no longer what you are. That’s something that may happen to others, on the other side of the Atlantic,” Hollande added, referring indirectly to Trump without naming him.

During a news conference in Florida on Wednesday, the US Republican presidential nominee brought up the murder of an elderly French priest, and said a friend who recently visited the country told him: “I wouldn’t go to France.... France is no longer France.” 

“They won’t like me for saying that,” Trump added, “but you see what happened in Nice. You see what happened on Wednesday with the priest, who is supposed to be a spectacular man. 
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