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Republican Donald Trump has secured his nomination for US president on day two of GOP’s National Convention.

House Speaker Paul Ryan urged delegates to unite behind Donald Trump, a day after splits in the party were evident as the convention opened.

The Trump campaign also faces accusations a speech by Melania Trump on July 18 was plagiarized from First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic Convention speech.

On the second day of the Republican National Convention, speakers focused almost exclusively on attacking Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a former prosecutor, held a mock trial for Hillary Clinton as the crowd chanted “lock her up”.Donald Trump hails Brexit referendum result

Chris Christie and others criticized Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account while she was serving as secretary of state.

An FBI investigation said Hillary Clinton was “extremely careless” but found her actions didn’t warrant criminal prosecution. However, Gov. Chris Christie and the crowd disagreed as he repeatedly yelled “guilty”.

Chris Christie said Hillary Clinton has “selfish, awful judgment” and was to blame for various foreign policy problems in Libya, Syria and elsewhere.

Donald Trump is expected to accept the nomination on July 21.

His children played a prominent role on July 19, standing with the New York delegation as he was declared winner and delivering remarks.

Donald Trump youngest daughter, Tiffany Trump, whose mother is former model and dancer Marla Maples, told some personal stories about her father.

Tiffany Trump recalled scribbling notes in her school report cards and how excited she becomes when introducing her father to her friends.

Donald Trump is a “natural-born encourager” who has motivated her to work hard, his daughter said.

His son, Donald Trump Jr., described him as his best friend and role model.

“When people tell him it can’t be done, that guarantees it will get done,” he said of his father.

Donald Trump Jr. said Hillary Clinton was a risk the US could not afford to take and that “if she were elected, she would be the first president who can’t pass a background check”.

Donald Trump addressed the audience via a live-stream and said the nomination was an honor.

“This is a movement, but we have to go all the way,” he said.

“This is going to be a leadership that puts American people first.”

Parts of Donald Trump Jr.’s speech used segments of an article that had already appeared in the journal The American Conservative.

However, the article’s author, FH Buckley, said it was not plagiarism, as Buckley himself acted as one of the family’s speechwriters.

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has detailed his foreign policy just one day after winning in five primaries.

In a speech in Washington on April 27, Donald Trump said he would pursue an “America First” policy.

The New York businessman called the foreign policy of President Barack Obama’s administration “a complete and total disaster”.

On April 26, Donald Trump called himself the Republican “presumptive nominee” after his primary wins.

He claimed victories in Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Before the speech, Donald Trump promised it would not be a “Trump doctrine”, and that he would retain some flexibility to make changes if elected.

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Much of his speech focused on what he called the “weakness, confusion and disarray” of the Obama administration, and his hope of reversing it.

Before the audience in Washington, he vowed to “shake the rust off America’s foreign policy”.

Donald Trump said that, under his administration “their days are numbered – I won’t tell them when, and I won’t tell them how”.

He had previously said he would weaken ISIS by cutting off their access to oil, and supported waterboarding and other strong interrogation methods against them. He did not return to these proposals on today’s speech.

“Containing the spread of radical Islam must be a major foreign policy goal of the United States and indeed, the world,” Donald Trump said, adding that he would work closely with US allies in the Middle East to combat extremism.

He also said that new talks would be sought with the US’ allies in NATO to try and reshape the organization’s structure and discuss a “rebalancing” of US financing towards it.

Donald Trump said he would also aim to hold talks with Russia to seek common ground, possibly over Islamist extremism.

“Some say the Russians can’t be reasonable,” he said.

“I intend to find out.”

Donald Trump said China “respects strength, and by letting them take advantage of us economically like they are doing, we are losing all their respect”. He said he would seek to “fix our relations with China” but did not suggest how.

On US allies, he said: “The countries we defend must pay for the cost of this defense.

“If not, the US must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves. We have no choice.”

Speaking to the New York Times last month about the US-Japan relationship, Donald Trump said: “If we’re attacked, they do not have to come to our defense, if they’re attacked, we have to come totally to their defense. And that is a, that’s a real problem.”

Donald Trump once said he was his own best foreign policy adviser, but, in recent months, has expanded his backroom team. Some of his appointments have proved controversial.

His team is led by Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

Another member, retired Gen. Joseph Schmitz, resigned from the military in 2005 amid accusations of misconduct. However, Joseph Schmitz was never charged with wrongdoing.

Another adviser, Walid Phares, was criticized when he was named as part of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team in 2011.

Muslim advocacy groups took issue with Walid Phares’s close ties to right-wing Christian militia groups during the Lebanese civil war.

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has won primaries in all five states that voted on April 26, while Democrat Hillary Clinton triumphed in four out of five.

Donald Trump called himself the Republican “presumptive nominee” after victories in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

The results bring the New York businessman closer to the number of delegates he needs before the party’s national convention in July.

For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton was denied a clean sweep by Bernie Sanders.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won in Rhode Island and vowed to fight to the end of the primaries process.

Speaking at the Philadelphia Convention Center after securing the four other states, Hillary Clinton said her campaign was setting “bold, progressive goals” to improve lives in the US.

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“We believe in the goodness of our people and the greatness of our nation,” she said.

After his sweep of the five states, Donald Trump said of the battle for the Republican nomination: “It’s over. As far as I’m concerned, it’s over.”

He told supporters in New York he would not moderate his policies if elected president.

Donald Trump said: “You know I went to the best schools. I’m like a very smart person. I’m going to represent our country with dignity and very well.

“But I don’t really want to change my personality. You know, it got me here.”

After their victories, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton turned their fire on each other.

Donald Trump said his Democratic rival’s only advantage in the presidential race was being a woman.

“Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5% of the vote,” he said.

Hillary Clinton hit back at his accusation that she was playing the “woman card”.

“Well, if fighting for women’s healthcare and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in,” she told cheering supporters in Philadelphia.

Donald Trump’s rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, have already shifted their attention to forthcoming states.

As part of a new campaigning pact, John Kasich will give Ted Cruz a “clear path” to tackle Donald Trump in Indiana on May 3, with Cruz reciprocating for Kasich in the Oregon and New Mexico primaries.

Donald Trump has condemned their pact as a sign of weakness and desperation, and another sign of the GOP colluding against him.

Neither John Kasich nor Ted Cruz has a chance of securing the Republican nomination outright. The hope of a contested convention this July in Cleveland is keeping them in the race.

This scenario would see party delegates – Republican officials and activists – choose the nominee.

Analysts believe that Indiana, with its 57 delegates, will be crucial if Donald Trump’s rivals are to stop him securing the 1,237 he needs to win outright.

Opinion polls suggest Donald Trump has 39% support there, Ted Cruz 33% and John Kasich 19%.