Clinton Tears into Trump’s Simple-Minded Foreign Policy

The Democrat warns that her opponent could start a war “just because somebody got under his skin.”

American secretary of state Hillary Clinton attends a news conference in Washington DC, June 14, 2012
American secretary of state Hillary Clinton attends a news conference in Washington DC, June 14, 2012 (DoD/Glenn Fawcett)

Hillary Clinton excoriated her likely Republican opponent for the presidency, Donald Trump, on Thursday, calling the New York businessman “temperamentally unfit” to be commander-in-chief.

Clinton, President Barack Obama’s first-term secretary of state, dismissed Trump’s foreign policy as “dangerously incoherent.”

“They’re not even really ideas,” she said at an event in San Diego, California, “just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies.”

Trump has rattled the foreign-policy establishment in Washington and in capitals around the world by suggesting, among other things, that NATO is outdated, South Korea and Japan should get nuclear weapons to defend themselves, the Trans Pacific Partnership is a “disaster” and climate change is a Chinese hoax.

He has also said that a Trump Administration would have poor relations with the United Kingdom as long as David Cameron — who criticized Trump’s plan to temporarily bar all Muslims from entering the United States — is prime minister.

But he has said that he would get along with Russian president Vladimir Putin and praised North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, whose state media, in turn, called Trump a “wise” man.

Clinton criticized Trump for personalizing foreign relations. “He is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes,” she said, “because it’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.”

“Loose talk”

Clinton warned that “loose talk” like Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims “alienates the very countries we need to help us win in this fight. A Trump presidency,” she predicted, “would embolden ISIS,” an acronym for the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

“We cannot take that risk,” she implored voters. “This isn’t reality television. This is actual reality.”

Trump, a real-estate developer and hotelier, gained fame by starring as himself in a television show called The Apprentice.

Clinton continued: “The stakes in global statecraft are infinitely higher and complex than the world of luxury hotels. We all know the tools Donald Trump brings to the table: bragging, mocking, composing nasty tweets. I’m willing to bet he’s writing a few right now.”

Indeed, Trump tweeted as she spoke, “Bad performance by Crooked Hillary Clinton! She doesn’t even look presidential!”

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