Friday 9 December 2016

Hillary puts the boot in on rival's foreign policy

Published 26/07/2016 | 02:30

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine. Photo: Reuters
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine. Photo: Reuters

Hillary Clinton has offered a scathing critique of Donald Trump's foreign policy, casting her Republican presidential rival as disrespectful of America's role in the world and too reckless to serve as the country's commander-in-chief.

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While avoiding any direct mention of Trump's name, Clinton slammed many of his recent statements about the military and international affairs, vowing to stand by long-time allies, fight repressive regimes and carefully weigh the advice of military officials.

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"You will never hear me say, 'I only listen to myself on national security,'" she told veterans gathered for the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

While Clinton has spent much of her campaign highlighting her international experience, some polls show active duty troops backing Trump over Clinton by more than a 2-to-1 margin.

The former secretary of state appeared to attribute some of that support to her gender, noting that her role as the first female presidential nominee of a major political party "takes a little getting used to, even for me".

The statement was an unusual acknowledgement by Clinton that there may be some voters, particularly within the military, who have a problem with the notion of a female commander-in-chief.

Irish Independent

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