Asserting that Donald Trump is “temperamentally unfit” to be the US commander-in-chief, Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton today said her Republican rival has no plan to defeat ISIS that makes him not only “dangerous” but “disqualifying”.
Clinton also slammed Trump for heaping praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin during an appearance at a commander in chief forum in the city yesterday, saying lauding Putin is “unpatriotic”.
“Last night was yet another test and Trump failed yet again,” Clinton told reporters during a press conference on the tarmac of the White Plains Airport here today, referring to the forum moderated by NBC.
“We saw more evidence that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be commander in chief. He trashed talked American generals saying they have been reduced to rubble.”
During the forum, when pressed on what his plans are about defeating ISIS, Trump said he has a plan but he will not reveal it.
“One thing you didn’t hear from Trump is any plan to take on ISIS, one of the biggest threats facing our country. He said his plan is still a secret but the truth is he simply does not have one. That’s not only dangerous but it should be disqualifying,” Clinton said.
She also strongly criticised Trump for “bizarrely” praising Putin and taking the “astonishing step” of suggesting that he prefers the Russian leader over Obama.
On Trump’s suggestion that the US should “take the oil” to defeat ISIS, Clinton smirked saying that is not how the fight against global terrorism will be fought and won.
She said the US does not “invade” other countries to “plunder and pillage” and she will not send America’s brave soldiers to “steal oil”.
She said Trump has not thought about what kind of infrastructure and strategic planning such an operation will require.
Citing an article written by former director of the National Counter-terrorism Centre Matt Olsen, Clinton said the security expert draws from various sources in the article to suggest that ISIS leaders are “essentially throwing whatever support they have to Donald Trump”.
“They have, as Matt Olsen pointed out, said they hoped that Allah delivers America to Trump. They have said that they hoped that he is the President because it would give even more motivation to every jihadi, someone who has insulted Muslims,” she said.
Clinton said she will convene tomorrow a meeting of bipartisan national security leaders, former secretaries of homeland security Janet Napolitano and General John Allen to discus how to intensify efforts to defeat ISIS.