Ernst, a running-mate prospect, meets Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) - If Donald Trump and Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst discussed making her his running mate in a weekend meeting, mum’s the word.

The senator released a statement afterward saying they had a good talk and discussed concerns she’s hearing from Iowans about the direction of the country as she tours her state. Neither Ernst nor Trump mentioned his vice presidential search publicly.

Ernst says in her statement: “Iowans are frustrated by the current direction of our country — and we simply cannot afford to continue these failed policies under Hillary Clinton.”

Trump tweeted before the meeting that Ernst has done a great job as a senator.

The presumptive Republican nominee also spent time over the weekend with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. He’s considered another running-mate prospect.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign says a tweet from Donald Trump that appeared to feature the Star of David is “disturbing” and part of a pattern that “should give voters major cause for concern.”

Sarah Bard, Clinton’s director for Jewish outreach, says Trump should be “condemning hate,” not blaming others. Bard says a president should be someone who “brings Americans together, not someone who sends signals and offers policies of division.”

The campaign’s comments come after Trump blamed the media for the controversy involving an anti-Clinton tweet that appeared to depict the symbol of Judaism, a six-pointed star, atop a pile of cash.

The tweet was sent from Trump’s official account Saturday, then deleted. A new version was later posted with a circle in place of the star.

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