Trump, Clin­ton dif­fer on na­tional se­cu­rity

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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