Published On: Thu, Sep 8th, 2016

Trump says Putin better leader than Obama


Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were grilled Wednesday night by veterans in a wide-ranging forum that touched on Clinton’s email scandal and the fitness of both to be commander-in-chief.

During the forum — where the candidates appeared separately in front of an audience made up largely of veterans — Trump suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been a better leader than President Obama.

“The man has very strong control over a country,” he said during the town hall was hosted by MSNBC/NBC on the Intrepid aircraft carrier. “Now It’s a very different system and I don’t happen to like the system, but certainly in that system, he’s been a leader. Far more than our president has been a leader.”

Trump did very little to tamp down controversial talk about how he has been friendly with Russia throughout his campaign.

“I think I would have a very, very good relationship with Putin. I think i would have a very, very good relationship with Russia,” Trump said.

During the forum, Clinton was grilled about her use of a personal email server and handling of classified information — issues that have plagued her on the campaign trail.

“It was a mistake to have a personal account, I would certainly not do it again, I make no excuses for it,” she said, repeating her assertion that the classified emails she received on the private email were not properly marked as classified.

“I communicated about classified material on a wholly separate system,” she said, in response to a question from a member of the audience that was a Republican former member of the Air Force and the Navy. “I took it very seriously. When I traveled, I went into one of those little tents that I’m sure you’ve seen around the world, because we didn’t want there to be any potential for someone to have embedded a camera to try to see whatever it is that I was seeing that was designated, marked, and headed as classified. So I did exactly what I should have done and I take it very seriously. Always have, always will.”

Clinton also declared that she would never send additional ground troops to defeat ISIS.

“They not going to get ground troops. We are not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again and we are not putting ground troops into Syria. We’re going to defeat ISIS without committing American ground troops,” she said.

She did, however, say that “we’ve got to do it with much more support for the Arabs and the Kurds who will fight on the ground against ISIS,” and plans on including those troops as part of a larger global operation.

When it was his turn, Trump talked about the War in Iraq and the rise of ISIS, saying that he would have handled the situation differently.

“It used to be, ‘To the victor belongs the spoils.’ Now, there was no victor there, believe me. But I always said, take the oil,” he said.

When asked if anything that he learned in his recent intelligence briefings shocked or alarmed him, Trump said “yes.”

“There was one thing that shocked me,” he said.

“I’m pretty good with the body language; they were not happy. Our leaders did not follow what they were recommending,” Trump said in relation to the intelligence agents.

One veteran from the audience asked Trump what he would do to curb sexual assault in the military, and Trump suggested that the solution lies in further prosecution.

“It’s a massive problem. The numbers are staggering,” Trump said.

“The best thing we can do is set up a court system within the military. Right now, the court system practically doesn’t exist. Takes too long,” he said.

He also stood by a tweet that he posted back in 2013.


Trump said “it is a correct tweet,” but said that he did not mean that women should be forced to leave the military.

“No, not to kick them out but something has to be happen. Right now part of the problem is nobody gets prosecuted,” Trump said.

Courtesy: ABC News

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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