Trump, Clin­ton go toe to toe

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGEN­CIES

Repub­li­can can­di­date Don­ald Trump lashed out against China and Mex­ico in the first few min­utes of Mon­day’s closely watched pres­i­den­tial de­bate, set­ting the stage for an ag­gres­sive blame game.

NBC mod­er­a­tor Lester Holt kicked off the 90-minute ses­sion with a ques­tion on how each can­di­date would cre­ate jobs that would put more money in the hands of Amer­i­can work­ers.

Trump re­sponded with a di­rect at­tack on two fa­mil­iar tar­gets: the trade threat posed by China and Mex­ico. “Our jobs are flee­ing the coun­try, they are go­ing to Mex­ico, and many other coun­tries,” the 70-year-old told the au­di­ence at Hof­s­tra Univer­sity in New York.

“Look at what China is do­ing to our coun­try. ... They are de­valu­ing their cur­rency and we have no­body in our gov­ern­ment to fight them. ... They are us­ing our coun­try as a piggy bank to re­build China, and many other coun­tries are do­ing the same thing.”

Sto­ried US car maker Ford said this month that the com­pany’s small-car pro­duc­tion would move to Mex­ico over the next two to three years, cit­ing the need to be com­pet­i­tive.

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton, who re­sponded to Holt’s ques­tion af­ter Trump, ad­vo­cated in­creas­ing the na­tional min­i­mum wage, pro­vid­ing equal pay for women, and cor­po­rate profit-shar­ing as ways to cre­ate new jobs with ris­ing in­comes.

Clin­ton asked Amer­i­can vot­ers to de­cide whether she or Don­ald Trump could “make your life bet­ter.”

Clin­ton opened the de­bate pitch­ing her eco­nomic poli­cies as the best way to help most vot­ers. She added that vot­ers should use the first of three de­bates to as­sess “who can shoul­der the im­mense, awe­some re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the pres­i­dency” and who can “put into ac­tion” their plans.

Trump blamed Clin­ton for what he said have been “de­fec­tive” trade agree­ments that have cost Amer­i­can jobs.

Trump also crit­i­cized the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment, which was ap­proved un­der pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, Mrs Clin­ton’s hus­band.

Clin­ton said fix­ing race re­la­tions came down to two things: restor­ing trust be­tween po­lice and com­mu­ni­ties of color and re­form­ing gun laws.

Clin­ton said gun vi­o­lence is the lead­ing cause of death among young African-Amer­i­can men and tack­ling the “plague of gun vi­o­lence” was crit­i­cal.

She said race re­mains a “sig­nif­i­cant is­sue” that too of­ten de­ter­mines where peo­ple live and go to school and how they’re treated in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

Clin­ton at­tacked Trump on his busi­ness record, say­ing she was “re­lieved” her late fa­ther never had to work with the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man.

Clin­ton said Trump has “stiffed” thou­sands of work­ers and small busi­ness own­ers and he should apol­o­gize to them. She also said an ar­chi­tect who de­signed a club­house for one of Trump’s golf cour­ses and was not prop­erly paid was in the au­di­ence.

Clin­ton’s fa­ther, Hugh Rod­ham, was a suc­cess­ful tex­tile mer­chant. The Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee said Trump’s busi­ness record, in­clud­ing his com­pa­nies’ mul­ti­ple bank­rupt­cies, show he’d be a poor pres­i­dent.

Trump de­fended his busi­ness prow­ess, say­ing many of his ven­tures had been suc­cess­ful and he had nu­mer­ous busi­ness part­ners who were happy to work with him.

Clin­ton said Trump has a sim­ple rea­son he won’t re­lease his tax re­turns: He’s got some­thing to hide.

Trump said he would re­lease his tax re­turns if his op­po­nent re­leased what he called her “33,000 deleted” emails.


Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump speaks as Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton lis­tens dur­ing their first pres­i­den­tial de­bate at Hof­s­tra Univer­sity in New York on Mon­day.

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