Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton today launched a scathing attack on her Republican rival Donald Trump, calling him ‘unfit to be commander-in-chief’.
Addressing a well-attended election rally in Kent in the battleground State of Ohio, Clinton said that he is ‘also a danger to America's national security’.
She said that Trump cannot be trusted to command nuclear arsenal, alleging that he would lose his cool during a national security crisis and has a foreign policy vision contrary to America's values and geopolitical goals.
Trump also has a history of praise for dictators like Saddam Hussein and ties to strongmen like Vladimir Putin, whose government is trying to influence US elections and put its thumb on the scale for Trump, she said.
"I am running against a man who says he doesn't understand why we can't use nuclear weapons. He actually said, 'Then why are we making them?' And he wants more countries to have nuclear weapons. Japan, South Korea, even Saudi Arabia. Imagine nuclear weapons smack in the middle of the Middle East," the 69-year-old former secretary of state said.
"If you're telling yourself he'll surround himself with smart people who'll stop these crazy ideas, remember this, when he was asked who he consults on foreign policy, Donald Trump said he didn't need to consult because he said and I quote, 'I have a very good brain'. He said he knows more about ISIS than our generals do. No, he does not," Clinton asserted.
Clinton alleged that the people Trump has had around him include two men whose activities are reportedly being investigated for their ties to Russia -- Vladimir Putin and Putin's allies.
"I started saying last June, I believe, that Donald Trump has proven himself temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief," she said and asked the audience if they can trust someone to command US nuclear arsenal and make literally life and death decisions about war and peace. How do you handle a crisis? And do you know the difference between our allies and our adversaries? We'll start with nuclear weapons," she said.
"Now, I know there are some who will say that any discussion of this topic could be fear-mongering, but I don't think so and in part of what you just heard from Bruce Blair. When dozens of retired nuclear launch officers publicly state that Donald Trump should, and I quote, 'not have his finger on the button', then this is a topic that can't be avoided," she added.
The former secretary of state said Trump has repeatedly suggested that more countries should have nuclear weapons.
"He must not realise or care that the more nuclear material there is in the world, the more likely terrorists are to get their hands on it -- or that someone will miscalculate and start a war that can't be stopped," she said.
The voting to elect 45th President of US will take place on Tuesday, November 8. The voting is expected to open between 6 am to 7 am and close at around 7 pm to 8 pm in most of the areas. It may continue till 9 pm in Iowa and North Dakota.
Around 120 million Americans are expected to cast their votes in Tuesday’s election. Polling will happen in all 50 states on the same day.