Clin­ton warns against Trump’s fin­ger on nu­clear but­ton

The Myanmar Times - - World -

HIL­LARY Clin­ton tried to pivot away from at­tacks on her pro­tec­tion of US se­crets by warn­ing against her ri­val Donald Trump be­ing al­lowed con­trol of US nu­clear launch codes.

In a barn­storm­ing fi­nal push be­fore the Novem­ber 8 US pres­i­den­tial vote, Mr Trump seized upon a re­newed FBI in­quiry into Ms Clin­ton’s con­tro­ver­sial use of a pri­vate email server while sec­re­tary of state.

But, with no sign any­thing con­crete will come of the FBI probe be­fore polling day, Ms Clin­ton be­lieves she can face down the chal­lenge and re­turn to the is­sue of Mr Trump’s fit­ness to lead a nu­clear power.

In Kent, Ohio, she was in­tro­duced by Bruce Blair, a for­mer US mis­sile launch of­fi­cer who or­gan­ised a joint let­ter from for­mer col­leagues ar­gu­ing that Mr Trump should not be trusted with nu­clear codes.

Ms Clin­ton, point­ing to Mr Trump’s nu­mer­ous an­gry blow-ups on the trail and of­ten con­fused re­sponses to ques­tions on se­cu­rity is­sues, painted him as a dan­ger­ous hot­head who could trig­ger Ar­maged­don.

“Imag­ine him in the Oval Of­fice fac­ing a real cri­sis,” the 69-year-old Demo­crat said of her Repub­li­can ri­val Mr Trump, a 70-year-old New York prop­erty mogul turned re­al­ity tele­vi­sion star.

“Imag­ine him plung­ing us into a war be­cause some­body got un­der his very thin skin. I hope you’ll think about that when you cast your vote.”

Mr Trump mean­while, has done noth­ing to mod­er­ate his own rhetoric, storm­ing through a series of usu­ally Demo­cratic states in an ef­fort to break Ms Clin­ton’s ap­par­ent lock on the elec­toral col­lege.

His at­tacks on Ms Clin­ton’s pri­vate email server – which he al­leges put US se­crets at risk – are aimed at un­der­min­ing the ad­van­tage the for­mer sec­re­tary of state has in terms of ex­pe­ri­ence.

But the first ma­jor poll to have been partly con­ducted af­ter the Oc­to­ber 28 bomb­shell news that the FBI is re-open­ing its email probe, showed lit­tle move­ment in his di­rec­tion.

An NBC News/Sur­vey­Mon­key weekly poll showed Ms Clin­ton’s six per­cent­age point na­tional lead re­mained es­sen­tially un­changed since last week.

Mr Trump nev­er­the­less cam­paigned in Michi­gan, where Ms Clin­ton has led ev­ery poll since the race be­gan, hop­ing to cap­i­talise on the con­tro­versy over the re­newed fo­cus on a newly un­cov­ered batch of emails.

A Clin­ton vic­tory, he warned sup­port­ers, “would mire our gov­ern­ment and our coun­try in a con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis that we can­not af­ford”.

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