Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton confronted their key weaknesses in a televised national security forum, with the Republican defending his preparedness to be commander in chief despite vague plans for tackling global challenges and the Democrat arguing that her controversial email practices did not expose questionable judgment.
Donald Trump says his Democratic opponent would treat immigrants in the country illegally better than veterans.
“There is no evidence my system was hacked”, she said.
“26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?”
“I think that that’s absolutely correct”, he said during the forum. “Right now part of the problem is nobody gets prosecuted. you have the report of rape and nobody gets prosecuted”.
When Lauer continued to press Trump on his support for Putin, the GOP nominee compared the Russian leader to U.S. President Barack Obama.
The Clinton and Trump totals don’t just reflect campaign fundraising; they also include money raised by each candidate’s joint fundraising committees. “They have been reduced to a point where it’s embarrassing for our country”.
“So is the plan you’ve been hiding this whole time – asking someone else for their plan?”
Lauer asked: “But you have your own plan?” “If I win, I don’t want to broadcast to the enemy exactly what my plan is”.
“I don’t know what the f-k he was doing, and neither did he”, Trevor Noah said. But I want to be-I don’t want to-look.
Clinton said defeating ISIS would be her “highest terrorism goal”. Clinton’s strategy of defeating ISIS has not changed: Fight ISIS from the air, the ground, and in cyberspace.
Nonetheless, polls show Trump has more support from the military community. We are going to stand up to our adversaries, not cozy up to them. They’ve gotta hold them. “They’ve gotta now get into Mosul”. Clinton voted for the war, a decision that she has said she regrets. Lauer chose to ignore his comment and moved on from it, while Clinton rebuked him saying, “I have taken my responsibility for my decision”.
But Clinton defended certain emails, including information about the country’s covert drone program, as not revealing classified information.
“There were no discussions about any of the covert actions in process being determined about whether or not to go forward”, she said.
Trumps team has worked aggressively in recent days to turn deflect such criticism back at Clinton. What I did learn is that our leadership, Barack Obama, did not follow what our experts and our truly – when they call it intelligence, it’s there for a reason – what our experts said to do.
Clinton offered herself as a model of “absolute rock steadiness” on foreign policy.
He said the 2016 election reminded him of 1980, when voters knew they didn’t like President Jimmy Carter but needed to be reassured that Ronald Reagan would be a safe choice, something that occurred in their only debate. Obama added: “The most important thing for the public and the press is to just listen to what he says and ask questions to what appear to be either contradictory or uninformed or outright wacky ideas”. Because I’ve had the unique experience of watching and working with several presidents. “Absolutely. Now we have to vet very carefully, everybody would agree with that”.
A woman in the audience asked Trump during the forum what he’ll do to stop the “20 veterans” from committing suicide daily.
“Actually it’s 22. It’s nearly impossible to conceive that this is happening in this country”, he said. And we’ve gotta remove the stigma. He also said he had “great judgement”.
A member in the audience asked Trump how he would deescalate tension with Russian Federation. Trump chose to talk about his deep admiration and support for Vladimir Putin.
TRUMP: No, I didn’t learn anything from that standpoint. And that’s a very different system and I don’t happen to like the system.