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Clinton: Trump not qualified to be president

Hillary labeled her Republican rival Donald Trump "divisive and dangerous"

Eric Bradner for CNN reports: The Democratic presidential front-runner unleashed her sharpest attacks yet on Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, in an exclusive interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo in Park Ridge, Illinois.

She mentioned Trump’s offense of British politicians, his eagerness to connect with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, his demand to back away from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and his assumption that even more countries should have nuclear weapons, and summarized it "adds up to a very troubling picture."

"I know how hard this job is, and I know that we need steadiness as well as strength and smarts in it, and I have concluded he is not qualified to be president of the United States," Clinton said.

When asked whether Trump was qualified in April, Clinton told CNN's Jake Tapper, "Well, the voters will have to decide. I'm going to lay out my qualifications to be president."

During the interview she expressed her peculiar criticism towards Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, calling the idea "provocative" and said it sends a "message of disrespect" to major majority-Muslim nations that are U.S. allies.

"When you run for president of the United States, the entire world is listening and watching," she said. "So when you say you're going to bar all Muslims, you're sending evidence to the Muslim world, and you're also sending a message to terrorists. ... Donald Trump is essentially being used as a recruiter for more people to join the cause of terrorism."

Later that day Trump issued a response, saying, "The fact that Hillary thinks the temporary Muslim ban, which she calls the "Muslim ban," promotes terrorism, proves Bernie Sanders was correct when he said she is not qualified to be President."

"Ask Hillary, who blew up the plane last night -- another terrible, but preventable tragedy," the statement added. "She has bad judgment and is unfit to serve as president at this delicate and difficult time in our country's history."

In her turn, Clinton said that instead of responding to Trump’s offenses she plans to focus her attacks on Trump on "what he says about other people" -- a cue the pro-Clinton Priorities USA super PAC took in launching its first anti-Trump ads, highlighting insults he has hurled at women.

"I'm going after him exactly on those issues and statements that are divisive and dangerous, and I actually think that's what the American people want to see," Clinton said.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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