Speaking in Philadephia at the Union League today, Republican nominee Donald Trump blasted Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy experience as secretary of state. Trump called her “trigger-happy and very unstable” and pointed to troubles in places such as Iraq, Libya, and Syria. “This is Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy legacy -- failure and death,” he said.
Trump said besides that an FBI probe into her private email servers show that Clinton is “totally unfit to be our commander-in-chief.” He said that she is so "reckless" that she put classified emails on servers that "our enemies could easily hack."
"Our country was blackmailed and extorted into paying this unheard of amount of money as ransom. And our president lied to us. Worst of all the nuclear deal puts Iran, the number one state sponsor of radical Islamic terrorism, on a path to nuclear weapons. That path will go very quickly. This is Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy legacy."
Introducing his own agenda for defense, Trump outlined his proposals, which would mean a major increase in defense spending. They include:
Asking the military for a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy ISIS, immediately after taking office;
Asking Congress to eliminate the defense sequester;
Building an active Army of about 540,000;
Building a Marine Corps based on 36 battalions;
Building a Navy nearing 350 surface ships and submarines;
Building an Air Force of at least 1,200 fighter aircraft;
A new "state-of-the-art" missile defense system;
The resulting increase in defense spending, Trump said, would be funded through the elimination of waste and unnecessary bureaucracy. "Peace through strength," said Trump, are three words that should be at the center of any discussion of national security. He said that he seeks a foreign policy that would advance American interests by making new friends and reaffirming old alliances and avoid conflicts. Trump also said that illegal aliens are now treated better than military veterans.
Later today, Trump will appear at a "commander in chief" forum on NBC. It comes as increasing focus has been placed on Trump and his national security policy. "I'm going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody -- absolutely nobody -- is gonna to mess with us," Trump said in a video posted on his campaign website.
Currently, America is spending in excess of $600 billion a year on defense.
Hillary Clinton recently sought to depict Trump as erratic and suggested that his personality would be a liability on the international stage. "They know they can count on me to be the kind of commander in chief who will protect our country and our troops, and they know they cannot count on Donald Trump," Clinton said while on the way to Florida. "They view him as a danger and a risk."
Yesterday, Trump appeared to respond to Clinton's characterization. He said "I think my single greatest asset, of any assets I have, is my temperament."
Clinton and Trump will be separately at NBC's national security forum tonight and will not face each other on stage.
Trump is also expected to give a speech at the convention of New York's Conservative Party, where he will speak about national security.
Meanwhile, Clinton on Wednesday rolled out a list of endorsements from retired generals and admirals.
Clinton's campaign announced that 95 retired generals and admirals are backing her candidacy. That's more than the list of 88 retired military leaders that Trump's campaign announced yesterday. Among Clinton's supporters is retired Air Force General Lloyd Newton.