Hillary Clinton Lays Out Foreign Policy Following Fatal Orlando Shooting
Presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton laid out her foreign policy on Monday in the aftermath of the fatal Orlando shooting which left 50 dead and another 50 wounded.
But instead of using the platform to criticize the inflammatory attacks by Donald Trump against Middle East migrants, Hillary Clinton deliberately did not mention her opponent even once while condemning any statement that espouses hate.
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“Today is not a day for politics,” she told the crowd.
Hillary Clinton then said that, if elected as president, she already has a strategy to combat terrorism. It’s not actually a novel concept, as she already laid down the same approach following the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels earlier this year.
She said that lone wolves should be the top priority of her administration.
“I will put a team together from across our government, the entire government, as well as the private sector, and communities, to get on top of this urgent challenge,” she said. “And I will make sure our law enforcement and intelligence professionals have all the resources they need to get the job done.”
President Obama has said that the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, may have been a lone wolf, as there’s no clear proof that he was ordered by ISIS to attack the Pulse nightclub. In fact, he said that the 29-year-old killer is the perfect example of what authorities have feared all along, and that is the rising threat of homegrown terrorism.
Reports have claimed that Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS before raining down terror on the crowd. But his father dismissed all those reports, as he claimed that the attack has nothing to do with religion; Mateen was just angry after witnessing two men kissing days earlier.
Another goal on Hillary Clinton’s agenda is to pressure the country’s Arab allies such as the Qataris, the Saudis and Kuwaitis into doing something about their nationals actually funding terrorist cells. This pressure, she said, is “long past time.”
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Next is to clamp down on assault weapons and high-powered rifles, particularly on selling them to people with known or suspected records.
The former Secretary of State said, “We may have our disagreements about gun safety regulations, but we should all be able to agree on essential things: If the FBI is watching you for a suspected terrorist links, you shouldn’t be able to just go buy a gun.”
However, she couldn’t help but throw a dig against Donald Trump for his anti-Muslim rhetoric and for imposing a ban on Muslim Americans and other Islam followers from entering the country’s shores. This decision, she said, “hurts the vast majority of Muslims who love freedom and hate terror.”
Meanwhile, The Guardian noted the stark contrast between the speeches of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the wake of the Orlando shooting.
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In a speech he delivered in Goffstown, New Hampshire, Donald Trump reiterated his earlier statement about imposing a ban on Muslim migration into the US. In fact, he said the powers of the president, as mandated by the country’s immigration laws, are very broad, since a mere executive alone can do the job.
“I will use this power to protect the American people,” he said. “When I am elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats.”
Donald Trump previously called on President Obama to step down for being a very weak leader, as his statement immediately after the Orlando shooting did not mention Muslim extremism once. He also doesn’t believe that Hillary Clinton has the temerity to do what he thinks is right for America.
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