As the presidential candidates prepare for the “Commander-in-Chief Forum” in New York on Wednesday night, tension between the two rival campaigns continues to rise.
On Wednesday morning, in a speech at Union League in Philadelphia, Republican candidate Donald Trump discussed his foreign policy strategy in which he proposed more military spending, CBS reports. He suggested that he would end the cap on the 2011 Budget Control Act, which regulates defense spending.
Yet in the same speech, Trump managed to insult Clinton for her extensive military prowess. In an attempt to flip the tables on her, he used the same words which she has used to describe him.
Some parts of Trump’s speech, which is his second military-themed address in the past day, called out Clinton for her hawkish tendencies, calling her “trigger happy” and “unstable.” He also claimed her foreign policy in Iraq, Syria, and Libya is an “absolute failure.”
He said, “There wasn’t a country in the Middle East that Hillary Clinton didn’t want to invade, intervene in or topple. She’s trigger happy, and very unstable, whether we like it or not, that’s what’s going on.”
Trump continued to explain, albeit rather vaguely, what foreign policy would look like under his watch.
He said, “In a Trump administration, our actions in the Middle East will be tempered by realism. The current strategy of toppling regimes with no plan for what to do the day after only produces power vacuums that are filled simply by terrorists. Gradual reform, not sudden and radical change, should be our guiding objective in that region.”
In response to Trump’s remarks, Jennifer Palmieri, a spokesperson for Clinton’s campaign, likened him to a schoolyard bully.
Palmieri said, “[Her] well-founded criticisms of Trump, laid out in meticulous detail, become taunts and insults from Trump with no basis in reality… She gives a speech on his disturbing history of racial discrimination and ties to white supremacists and the alt-right movement, he calls her a bigot.”
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