Trump, Clinton differ on national security
HILLARY Clinton sought to show a steady hand and Donald Trump claimed “I told you so” as a fresh spate of terror attacks prompted markedly different tacks from the dueling White House hopefuls.
The terror attacks in New York and New Jersey, and the massstabbing in Minnesota, distilled a stark contrast between the closely matched Democratic and Republican nominees as they head down the final stretch.
A solemn Ms Clinton tried to show she has the steady temperament, smarts and experience needed to be commander-in-chief. “This threat is real but so is our resolve.”
The former secretary of state tried to show a breadth of understanding, touching on a gamut of terror-related issues – from radicalisation to intelligence gathering.
The response from Americans, Ms Clinton argued, should be resolve, and from government an “intelligence surge” to counter disparate and diffuse plots.
If the message from Ms Clinton was one of patient determination, Mr Trump’s demand was, as expected, for radical change.
He sought to show that these latest attacks are an inevitable result of Ms Clinton and President Barack Obama’s weak anti-terror and immigration policies.
“Our country has been weak. We’re letting people in by the tens of thousands. I’ve been saying you’ve got to stop it,” Mr Trump told Fox.
American voters, though, are split. According to a Fox News poll, 46 percent of voters have more confidence in Ms Clinton regarding questions of terrorism and national security, versus 45pc who prefer Mr Trump. –