NORTH CAROLINA (REUTERS) - Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attacked Democrats at a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina saying "I watched President Obama today and he was more angry at me than the shooter" in the Orlando attacks.
Earlier on Tuesday (June 14), President Barack Obama spoke after meeting with his National Security team about the deadly weekend attack in Orlando.
The Florida attack, in which a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub and wounded 53, could have a lingering impact on the presidential race, mixing concerns about immigration, gun violence and religious tolerance into what has already been a volatile and decidedly negative campaign season.
The shooter, Omar Mateen, 29, the US-born son of Afghan immigrant parents, called authorities during the massacre and pledged his allegiance to Islamic State militants.
Trump also attacked presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying: "She is no friend of women." He also said he thinks women do not like the former Secretary of State.
Trump also launched an attack on Senator Elizabeth Warren who has been a fierce critic of the real estate mogul. An ongoing feud between Trump and Warren gained steam on social media with a series of posts in which she labelled the former reality television show host racist, sexist and xenophobic.
Trump has ridiculed Warren by calling her "Pocahontas" in a mocking reference to her having said in the past that she had Native American ancestry. Pocahontas was a famous Native American in early colonial Virginia.
On Tuesday, he said: "I'd like to apologise to Pocahontas."
Clinton's lead over Trump has narrowed since late last week, according to the results of the first Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted since the Orlando shooting rampage on Sunday (June 12).
Trump, the likely Republican presidential nominee for the Nov 8 election, has blamed Democratic policies for the worst mass shooting in US history and doubled-down on his pledge to ban Muslim immigration, while Clinton has warned against demonising Muslim-Americans.
The poll, conducted from Friday to Tuesday (June 11 to June 14), showed Clinton with an 11.6-point lead - 44.6 per cent to 33.0 per cent - over Trump, down from the 13-point lead she had just days earlier.