The Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton today reiterated that Donald Trump, the Republican presidential presumptive nominee, is a loose cannon and many of his policies announced in recent months are concerning.
“I think that being a loose cannon means saying that other nations should go ahead and acquire nuclear weapons for themselves, when that is the last thing we need in the world today,” Clinton told CBS News in an interview when asked about her allegations early this week that Trump is a loose cannon.
“Being a loose cannon is saying we should pull out of NATO, the strongest military alliance in the history of the world and something that we really need to modernise, but not abandon,” she said.
“I think saying that he’s a loose cannon really focuses on some of the statements he’s made which I find concerning, going back to torture, killing terrorist families, which would be a war crime,” she said.
Clinton said the Republicans themselves are raising questions about their presumptive nominee.
“When you have former presidents, when you have high-ranking Republican officials in Congress raising questions about their nominee, I don’t think it’s personal, so much as rooted in their respect for the office and their deep concern about what kind of leader he would be,” she said.
The former Secretary of State alleged that Trump has slogans and not policies.
“He doesn’t have a view. He has a slogan. And he needs to be really pressed on that. When he says climate change is a Chinese hoax, what does that mean? Has he ever talked to a scientist, or is he just again assuming a slogan?” she asked.
“When he says women should be punished for having abortions, what does that mean, and how would he go about that, or rounding up 11 million, 12 million people, which he again repeated, which would entail the most comprehensive police and military action inside our borders that is imaginable?” she questioned.
Clinton reiterated that she would not indulge in personal mudslinging. I’m not going to run an ugly race. I’m going to run a race based on issues and what my agenda is for the American people,” she said.
“I don’t really feel like I’m running against Donald Trump. I feel like I’m running for my vision of what our country can be and to knock down all the barriers that stand in the way of Americans getting ahead,” she said.
Trump, she alleged, doesn’t understand that running the government is not the same as making real estate deals. “Putting the full faith and credit of the United States of America at risk would be a horrible outcome,” she warned.