The presidential race in the United States is drawing to a close, with less than two weeks to go until Election Day. This Tuesday, Donald J. Trump gave an interview in which he criticized Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy. The Republican candidate is behind his opponent in the polls. Recently, his campaign sent out political messages, trying to make the candidate look strong on national security. For example, Donald J. Trump was recently critical of the offensive to take back Mosul that the United States is supporting. With little time left until Americans go to the polls, the Republican candidate is attacking his opponent on national security and foreign policy issues.
Donald J. Trump Disagrees with Hillary Clinton on Syria
The Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State during the Obama administration. She has extensive experience with foreign policy and international affairs. But Donald J. Trump claims that his opponent would make a terrible president. The Republican candidate argued in the interview that Clinton’s foreign policy would lead to war for the United States. He said that Hillary Clinton’s ideas for addressing the conflict in Syria are wrong. Donald J. Trump said that her approach would lead to an armed confrontation with Syria, Russia and Iran. Also, the Republican candidate used the phrase World War III for emphasis.
“What we should do is focus on ISIS. We should not be focusing on Syria. You’re going to end up in World War III over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton.”
Said Donald J. Trump.
The Republican candidate favors a closer relationship with Russia. In the past, he has praised Russian and Syrian forces for fighting ISIS on the ground. Donald J. Trump sees a working relationship with Russia, where the two countries would fight ISIS together. He disagrees with Hillary Clinton’s position that calls for a more aggressive stand in Syria on the part of the United States. The Democratic candidate believes that a stronger take on Syria would bring the conflict to an end and push back ISIS. But the Republican candidate believes that would only draw the United States into a larger war.
“You’re not fighting Syria anymore, you’re fighting Syria, Russia and Iran, all right? Russia is a nuclear country, but a country where the nukes work as opposed to other countries that talk.”
Said Donald J. Trump.
Donald J. Trump Would Like to Work with Russia
Donald J. Trump has not clearly laid out his strategy for fighting ISIS. He was even dismissive of his opponent making her plan public. The Republican candidate said that having the plan to fight ISIS on Hillary Clinton’s website gives America’s opponents advance warning. He used the opportunity to point out that Hillary Clinton should not be trusted with sensitive information and that she is unsuitable for the presidency.
On the topic of fighting ISIS, Donald J. Trump offered his best assurances that he does have a plan and it’s a very good one. With regard to the conflict in Syria that has been going on for five years, Donald J. Trump didn’t offer a clear solution either. But it looks like he favors less US intervention than his Democratic opponent. At the beginning of the campaign, he suggested that the United States should let the Syrian government and the anti-government rebels fight it out to its resolution. More recently, he supported the idea of working together with Russia to fight ISIS in the area. Russia supports Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and was responsible for airstrikes against the eastern part of Aleppo.
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