Sunday 17 December 2017

Trump's policy 'absolutely bewilders me', says Clinton

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton welcomes Vice-President Joe Biden as he
arrives for a joint campaign event in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton welcomes Vice-President Joe Biden as he arrives for a joint campaign event in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Luciana Lopez

Hillary Clinton has a six-percentage-point lead over Republican rival Donald Trump, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll released yesterday.

Clinton's support has ranged from 41 to 44pc since late July, and was about 41pc in the August 11-15 online poll.

Donald Trump. Photo: Bloomberg
Donald Trump. Photo: Bloomberg

Trump's support has experienced wider shifts ranging from 33 to 39pc while his campaign has endured controversies and distractions in recent weeks. He is favoured by about 35pc of likely voters, according to the most recent poll.

The number of likely voters who picked neither Clinton nor Trump in the poll was nearly 24pc.

Meanwhile, Democratic Party nominee Clinton vowed yesterday to conduct a national security and foreign policy that Americans could be proud of, saying rival Donald Trump "just absolutely bewilders" her when he talks about his policies around the globe.

"It just absolutely bewilders me when I hear Donald Trump try to talk about national security," Clinton said, pointing to Vice-President Joe Biden's dissection of Trump's foreign policy at a Pennsylvania event. "What (Trump) often says hurts us. It sends the wrong message to friend and foe alike."

Trump this week said the country's national security requirements demanded "extreme" vetting of immigrants seeking admission to the United States, pointing to the threat of the Islamic State group and terrorism elements. But he offered few specifics about how the process might work or how it would be paid for by taxpayers.

Clinton and Trump have each sought the upper hand as the chief executive most capable of battling terrorism. While the Republican business mogul has vowed to project strength and decisive action against terror, the former secretary of state has pointed to her deep foreign policy credentials and warned that Trump could plunge the nation into another war.


While polls have shown Clinton building a lead following the Philadelphia convention, Democrats are fearful that a depressed voter turnout might diminish support among the minority, young and female voters who powered President Barack Obama to two victories.

Clinton said at the voter registration event at a Philadelphia high school that she's "not taking anybody anywhere for granted" in the race for the White House, saying the stakes "could not be higher."

While guarding against complacency, Clinton is also preparing for a potential administration.

Her campaign announced that former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, a former Colorado senator, would chair her White House transition team. It will also include former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and two longtime Clinton advisers: Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress, and Maggie Williams, who now leads the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

Her team, which is being overseen by campaign chairman John Podesta, will handle long-term planning for a potential Clinton White House should the former secretary of state win the election in November. Trump has already tapped New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to lead his transition efforts.

By law, both nominees have access to national security and other federal government briefings.

Irish Independent

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