Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump now says that Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy regarding Syria will lead to World War 3 with Russia. The Clinton campaign responded by accusing Trump of fear-mongering.
Reuters reported this week that Donald Trump, whose campaign has been beset with setbacks due to accusations of habitually sexually harassing women and a decade-old hot mic video where he appears to boast about using his stardom to grope women he is attracted to, went on the offensive against his Democratic Party challenger, Hillary Clinton, via an avenue which is not particularly viewed as one of his strengths — foreign policy. The real estate mogul stated that if Clinton were allowed to implement her plans for a “no-fly zone” over Syria, it would, in effect, “lead to World War 3” with Russia, which has provided open military support for the Bashar al-Assad regime since September of 2015 at Syria’s request.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign quickly accused Trump of using scare tactics.
Clinton spokesman Jesse Lehrich said in a statement, “Once again, he is parroting Putin’s talking points and playing to Americans’ fears, all while refusing to lay out any plans of his own for defeating ISIS or alleviating humanitarian suffering in Syria.”
But Trump does not seem to be the only one with fears of a war breaking out between Russia and the United States, as the Inquisitr previously reported. A political ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin, Duma member Vladimir Zhirinovsky, blatantly stated earlier in the month that Americans should vote for Trump, because Hillary Clinton would start World War 3. Just days ago, Turkey’s deputy prime minister, Numan Kurtulmus, stated that if the Syrian conflict was not quickly resolved, he saw war between Russia and the United States as inevitable.
As BBC News has noted, Clinton outlined her plans for the no-fly zone at the last presidential debate in Nevada on October 19.
“A no-fly zone can save lives and hasten the end of the conflict,” she said at the time.
BBC News also pointed out that a transcript of a 2013 speech to Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs indicated that Clinton’s stance was somewhat contradictory to her current position on the matter when she said establishing a no-fly zone would “kill a lot of Syrians.”
The Clinton campaign also emphasized that both Republican and Democratic national security experts have voiced denunciations of Trump as a capable commander-in-chief.
Donald Trump based his foreign policy assessment of Clinton’s idea on statements made by America’s top military leader, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who said in remarks made before Congress’ Senate Armed Committee that the establishment of a no-fly zone over Syria could precipitate a war with Russia.
“Right now, senator, for us to control all of the airspace in Syria it would require us to go to war, against Syria and Russia.”
Donald Trump stated that instead of focusing on the Russian-backed Assad regime, the U.S. should stay focused on eliminating ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).
“Assad is secondary, to me, to ISIS,” he said.
The Republican candidate went on to question just how effective Hillary Clinton would be in dealing with Russia if elected, leaving unsaid the current state of tension that exists — as outlined by the Inquisitr — between the Russian Federation and the United States. He asked rhetorically “how she is going to go back and negotiate with this man [Vladimir Putin] who she has made to be so evil.” He then tied Clinton to the Obama administration, pointing out the recent deterioration of relations with the Philippines and claiming that President Barack Obama would rather “focus on his golf game” rather than engage with foreign leaders.
His words come just days away from the national election on November 8. National polls show the billionaire businessman trailing the former secretary of state. According to the Real Clear Politics average, Hillary Clinton holds a 4.7 percent lead over Donald Trump at present.
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