Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign took a swipe at Donald Trump’s foreign policy positions on Friday, saying the presumptive GOP nominee sounds “unhinged at times.”
“Every time Donald Trump opens his mouth, he makes it even more clear that he doesn’t have the qualifications or the temperament or to be our commander-in-chief,” Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said in a statement.
“Anyone who is serious about our national security, regardless of their party, should not stand with Donald Trump.”
Podesta’s attack come as Trump continues to struggle with Republicans who resist his campaign, including multiple prominent national security and foreign policy thinkers. Trump’s extreme foreign policy positions, which have included a proposal to bar foreign Muslims from entering the U.S. and suggestions that more countries should acquire nuclear weapons, have contributed to the persistence of the Never Trump movement, which continues to seek a third option for president.
Some Republican officials have openly contemplated supporting Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, over Trump.
On Friday morning, Trump took aim at former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a Republican who claimed that other countries are wary of a Trump presidency.
“The comments are wrong, because he knows nothing about me, he knows nothing about what I’ve said. I’m not a big fan of his, by the way,” Trump said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Clinton’s campaign has clung to criticism about Trump’s foreign policy bone fides, claiming that his lack of policy chops make him less prepared than the former secretary of State.
“We can’t afford to have a commander-in-chief who has no understanding of foreign policy, who has no coherent agenda, and who wants to go to war every time someone says a mean thing about him,” Podesta said on Friday, in a reference to Trump’s earlier comments.
“His interviews this morning were especially revealing, and even unhinged at times,” he added.
“This is not how presidents behave.”
source: The Hill, By Julian Hattem, May 20, 2016