US election snapshot: What you need to know today

A daily roundup of the top news items about the race for the White House compiled by South China Morning Post reporters on the campaign trail

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 November, 2016, 10:18am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 November, 2016, 10:18am

Support for Asian Americans

Hillary Clinton had an article published on the website of the broadcaster NBC on Tuesday headlined, “As President, I Will Stand With Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders”.

The Democratic Party candidate promised she would roll out a series of policies, including an immigration reform to help Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by speeding up the processing of visa applications.

She also brought up the “pivot to Asia” policy introduced during her term as Secretary of State, saying that maintaining strong ties with countries in the Asia-Pacific region would keep America safe.

NBC said it had also contacted Donald Trump to write a piece ahead of the November 8 election, but did not receive a reply.

Backing for Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan, despite his strained relationship with Donald Trump, said on Tuesday that he had voted for the Republican candidate. Ryan initially endorsed Trump, but distanced himself from the candidate in the wake of a leaked tape which recorded Trump bragging about groping women.

After the release of the tape, Ryan said he would not campaign with Trump.

FBI Russia probes

The FBI has been conducting multiple investigations into Donald Trump’s ties with Russia, including his former campaign manager Paul Manafort’s foreign business relations, NBC News reported.

Manafort reportedly had close business connections with Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs, including a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

While there has been no direct link established by the FBI between Trump and Russia, foreign policy experts said the revelation could cast a shadow over his candidacy, along with his alleged pro-Russia stance.