Clinton to Blast Trump on Terrorism, Global Issues

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton will portray Republican rival Donald Trump as dangerous and unqualified for the presidency when she delivers a foreign policy speech Thursday in San Diego, California, sources said.

Hillary Clinton— Photo:Flickr/Marc Nozell.

In anticipation of the address, Trump attacked his Democratic opponent on Twitter. “Crooked Hillary Clinton, who I would love to call Lyin’ Hillary, is getting ready to totally misrepresent my foreign policy positions,” he tweeted.

Clinton’s foreign policy advisor, Jake Sullivan, said Clinton will spotlight Trump’s lack of international experience while touting her foreign affairs expertise as President Obama’s secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

“National security is the foundation of how we make sure our interests are pursued in the world,” said Louis Goodman, Emeritus Dean of International Relations at American University in an interview with VOA. Hillary is going to talk about her view of how to promote the national security of the United States and that kind of serious approach is what we want to pay attention to.”

With polls show terrorism is a major concern among Americans, Clinton will target Trump’s positions on the issue.

Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has promised to temporarily block Muslims from crossing U.S. borders. “The struggle against radical Islam also takes place in our homeland. There are scores of recent migrants inside our borders charged with terrorism. For every case known to the public, there are dozens more. We must stop importing extremism through senseless immigration policies,” Trump said in a foreign policy speech in April.

Trump’s other anti-terrorism proposals include a pledge to torture and murder the families of suspected terrorists and target Islamic State. “I have a simple message for them,” Trump said. “Their days are numbered. I won’t tell them where and I won’t tell them how. But they will be gone. And soon.”

Clinton will highlight her support of President Obama’s decision to raid Osama bin Laden’s compound and kill him in 2011. And she will emphasize her belief that Trump lacks the temperament to make such quick and strategic decisions.

On the campaign trail, Clinton has proposed speeding up the U.S.-led military campaign to defeat Islamic State and reiterated her commitment to Israel. She has also proposed to protect Syrians by establishing a no-fly zone with coalition troops.

The two presidential candidates have presented very different approaches to terrorism, which experts like Goodman believe would likely produce different results.

“While Donald Trump is making statements that push people away from us and make it difficult for our allies to cooperate with us, Hillary Clinton is consistently reaching out to our allies and trying to get them to cooperate so we can work together … and stop this criminal behavior that’s called terrorism. And I fear that a practice or policies like those Trump is articulating will increase terrorism.”

Aides to Clinton said Trump’s recent remarks about reducing U.S. support of NATO will also be addressed, as will Trump’s suggestion to permit Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea to obtain nuclear weapons.

Clinton’s speech comes five days before California holds its Democratic primary, which is expected to give her the delegates she needs to capture her party’s presidential nomination even though several polls show the race getting tighter in California. Democratic rival Bernie Sanders has been campaigning vigorously there.

The address will not likely affect voters’ opinions, as the minds of most are already made up. “I highly doubt a foreign policy speech will sway a large portion of the public,” Pennsylvania State University Political Scientist Mark Major told VOA. For Clinton, “the best outcome is that it may shift the news media narrative for a few days away from her emails and untrustworthiness,” Major added.


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