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Trump calls off Miami campaign events in wake of Dallas police shootings

Police Shootings Protests Dallas

@PatriciaMazzei and @DavidJNeal

Donald Trump has called off his two Friday campaign events in Miami in the wake of deadly sniper killings of Dallas police officers, his campaign said.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee planned to hold a roundtable lunch at Versailles Cuban restaurant with high-profile supporters, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. It would have been Rubio’s first campaign event alongside Trump, his former rival.

Trump also canceled a speech at the DoubleTree hotel near Miami International Airport. Both events were intended to introduce Trump in more intimate settings than rallies to local Hispanic politicians, business people and pastors who might be willing to back his candidacy.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who was scheduled to campaign in Pennsylvania with Vice President Joe Biden, postponed her event, also citing the Dallas shootings.

Snipers opened fire on a peaceful protest Thursday night, killing five police officers and wounding seven others. Two civilians were also hurt.

President Barack Obama, speaking from Warsaw, Poland, called the killings a “vicious, calculated, despicable attack on law enforcement.”

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Photo credit: Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press