Trump took his most aggressive foreign policy shots yet at Hillary Clinton at an interview earlier today from his Trump National Doral golf resort in Florida, saying that her policies on Syria would inevitably lead to World War III. Not pulling any punches, Trump also referenced his frequent attack against Hillary that she’s “all talk”, saying that her plan would engage Russia which “is a nuclear country, but a country where the nukes work as opposed to other countries that talk.”
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Democrat Hillary Clinton’s plan for Syria would “lead to World War Three,” because of the potential for conflict with military forces from nuclear-armed Russia.
On Syria’s civil war, Trump said Clinton could drag the United States into a world war with a more aggressive posture toward resolving the conflict.
Clinton has called for the establishment of a no-fly zone and “safe zones” on the ground to protect non-combatants. Some analysts fear that protecting those zones could bring the United bring into direct conflict with Russian fighter jets.
“What we should do is focus on ISIS. We should not be focusing on Syria,” said Trump as he dined on fried eggs and sausage at his Trump National Doral golf resort. “You’re going to end up in World War Three over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton,” Trump said.
“You’re not fighting Syria any more, 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,” he said.
Trump said Assad is much stronger now than he was three years ago. He said getting Assad to leave power was less important than defeating Islamic State.
“Assad is secondary, to me, to ISIS,” he said.
Trump also questioned how a Clinton administration could find common ground for negotiations with Russia after she, and the Obama administration, had seemingly gone all-in to demonize Putin in an effort to salvage her campaign.
On Russia, Trump again knocked Clinton’s handling of U.S.-Russian relations while secretary of state and said her harsh criticism of Putin raised questions about “how she is going to go back and negotiate with this man who she has made to be so evil,” if she wins the presidency.
Meanwhile, Trump also had harsh words for Obama who he said would rather “focus on his golf game” than engage with world leaders…an issue which he says led to the deterioration of ties with the Philippines.
On the deterioration of ties with the Philippines, Trump aimed his criticism at Obama, saying the president “wants to focus on his golf game” rather than engage with world leaders.
Since assuming office, Duterte has expressed open hostility towards the United States, rejecting criticism of his violent anti-drug clampdown, using an expletive to describe Obama and telling the United States not to treat his country “like a dog with a leash.”
The Obama administration has expressed optimism that the two countries can remain firm allies.
Trump said Duterte’s latest comments showed “a lack of respect for our country.”
Finally, Trump continues to draw huge crowds in the Florida, despite apparently being down massively in the polls, with the following rally held earlier today in Sanford.