Arrested Briton wanted to shoot Trump

A Briton who tried to grab a police officer’s gun at pre­sumptive Republican nomi­nee Donald Trump’s rally in Las Vegas said he wanted to shoot the billionaire, court pa­pers said.

Michael Steven Sandford, 20, who is charged with an act of violence “on restricted grounds”, did not enter a plea when he appeared before a judge in Nevada and was remanded in custody until a hearing on July 5, BBC re­ported.

Sandford had tried to seize the gun after saying he was seeking Trump’s autograph at Saturday’s rally.

The man said he was plan­ning and trying to shoot Trump for about a year but had de­cided to act now because he finally felt confident enough to do so, papers said.

A federal judge found Sand­ford, who appeared in court in shackles, to be a danger and risk of non-appearance.

When asked about Sand-ford’s arrest, a Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are pro­viding assistance following an arrest of a British national in Las Vegas.”

Earlier on Monday, Trump fired his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski who oversaw his triumph in the primary contests.

The US presidential elec­tion campaign of 2016 has been fringed with violence. Trump attracts protests al­most everywhere he goes.

The tycoon often mocks the demonstrators and there have been clashes with his supporters, both inside and outside of his packed, emo­tionally charged rallies.

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