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Clinton blasts Trump’s foreign policy

Some polls show active duty troops backing Trump over Clinton by more than a 2-to-1 margin.


 
A Pokemon poster is visible behind Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she speaks to volunteers at a Democratic party organizing event at the Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary Clinton speaks to volunteers at a Democratic party organizing event at the Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte, N.C.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hillary Clinton offered a scathing critique of Donald Trump’s foreign policy on Monday, 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.

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 longtime allies, fight repressive regimes and carefully weigh the advice of military officials.

“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.”

She added: “I want you to know I will get up every single day in the White House doing everything I possibly can to protect our country.”

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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.

Hoping to assuage some of those concerns, Clinton’s campaign has highlighted former military officials who’ve endorsed her in recent weeks. That includes retired Gen. John Allen, a former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, who endorsed Clinton on Monday.

“I have stayed out of the political arena my entire adult life, but given the complexities of issues facing our country today and its longtime allies, I felt compelled to speak up and be heard,” said Allen in a statement circulated by Clinton’s campaign. “I have no doubt that she is the leader we need at this time to keep our country safe.”

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In recent weeks, Trump has threatened to remove American forces from Europe and Asia if those allies fail to pay more for American protection and questioned the U.S. commitment to defending NATO allies. He’s also expressed eagerness to pull out of longstanding treaties, like the NAFTA trade pact, and praised autocratic leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

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At an afternoon rally, Clinton said the Democratic convention would offer a more hopeful, positive vision of the country’s future than Trump’s “dark, divisive, dangerous” campaign presented last week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

“I don’t see how you run for president of the United States if you spend all your time trash-talking the United States,” she said. “We’re going to have a convention this week that highlights success stories.”

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As Clinton spoke, Democrats struggled with their own internal disputes after party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned under pressure following the release of hacked Democratic National Committee emails. The emails seemed to show the party had favoured Clinton over her rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Associated Press reporter Erica Werner contributed to this report from Philadelphia.


 

Clinton blasts Trump’s foreign policy

  1. Ah yes, of course. If someone does not support Hillary Clinton for president, it must be because she is a woman. This is what Trump was referring to when he said that Hillary Clinton plays the “woman card”.

    • Right-wingers like playing cards. Race card, woman card, gay card……anything to make it sound minor when they’re terrified of it.

      • Despite the fact that your posts are often very short (mercifully), you still manage to use quite a few words to say absolutely nothing at all. Clinton is the one that is attempting to paint her non-supporters as “anti-woman”. She’s playing the card. Not a difficult concept here.

        • Well I’d write longer posts, but you still couldn’t read them, much less debate them

          Reading comprehension is a difficult concept for most of you

          • Clinton: plays the “woman card”
            Emily: “Old white Republicans like to play cards because they are scared”

            Yupp, my reading comprehension is the issue here… These are incoherent deflections at all.

        • It’s a meaningless phrase Ark2

          I’m not the issue here either…..neither are card games

          It’s about Trump’s foreign policy.

          • Perhaps you should try actually reading the article. Maybe demonstrate some of that reading comprehension that you like to espouse.

            “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.”

            Or continue to deflect for Clinton, because she has a vagina. Either way…

        • A few soldiers….are irrelevant…..and have nothing to do with foreign policy.

          Off you go….you’re just blathering.

          • Deflect it is then. How shocking.

  2. To believe anything that comes out of Trump’s mouth/mind is a clear indication that the listener is mentally defective. That’s not meant as an insult; it is simply a rational observation.

    It’s no different than pointing out, correctly, that a person with Tourette’s Syndrome often shouts out obscenities. They are unable to control the impulse – just as Trump isn’t capable of suppressing his bald-faced lies. And why would he? His supporters are no more capable of distinguishing lie from fact than a dementia patient can tell a flying saucer from a tea saucer.

    Trump might easily “calm down” if he wins the election. But would that matter? If he is elected by people who are so completely out of touch with reality, then it won’t matter what Trump does. The root cause – the “root rot” – remains in the US.

    It’s hard to fix root rot. Nearly impossible, in fact.

    • I can’t stand Trump. And, although I am far from being a Clinton fan, I view her as the lesser of 2 evils.

      Having said that, the picture you paint of all Trump supporters as being mentally defective and demented is incredibly condescending. There’s a significant segment of the US population that not only feels left behind (think Rust Belt), but also feels that neither party is speaking for them. Voting for a “traditional politician” has done nothing for them time and time again. So, by one definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, voting for Clinton or an “establishment” Republican would be insane for them. So, it’s not really surprising that such people are willing to take a flyer on Trump, they have nothing much else to lose, and Trump offers their only real hope, as they see it. Saturday’s Vancouver Sun had an article that looked at this.

      A recent poll on NAFTA showed that “only one-in-four Canadians say the deal has been a net benefit to Canada, while fully one-third want it renegotiated” (h$$p://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/three-amigos-nafta-1.3653929). Now, try to imagine the results if that same poll was carried out in the US Rust Belt, and consider that Trump is one of the very, very few US politicians that has loudly vowed to tear up or renegotiate NAFTA. Is it really any wonder he’s getting the support he gets?

      Although almost nobody expected Trump to get this far, in retrospect the real story is that the powers-that-be totally missed how a significant percentage of the population felt so marginalized that they’d be willing to vote for a person like Trump.

      People like Trump don’t come to power in a vacuum. They come to power for reasons that need to be understood and acted upon. I don’t have any answers, but I do know that the modern day equivalent of ‘let them eat cake’ doesn’t help one iota.

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