Clinton blasts Trump’s comments on military generals, Putin

From The Associated Press:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hillary Clinton blasted Donald Trump Thursday for his condemnation of American military generals and his praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying her Republican opponent had “failed” at proving he can be commander in chief.

“Every Republican holding or seeking office in this country should be asked if they agree with Donald Trump about these statements,” Clinton said in a news conference.

The government’s most senior Republican, for one, says he does not share Trump’s complimentary view of the Russian leader. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan called Putin “an aggressor that does not share our interests.”

Asked whether he’d be comfortable with Trump as president, Ryan demurred, “I’ll leave it at that.”

The discussion followed a Wednesday night national security forum in which the presidential candidates made back-to-back appearances. Clinton was repeatedly challenged on her controversial email use at the State Department and her vote as a senator for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. She also fleshed out several national security priorities if she is elected, including trying to take out the leader of the Islamic State and vowing to defeat the extremist group without putting U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq or Syria.

Trump did little to counter criticism that he lacks detailed policy proposals, particularly regarding the Islamic State group. He both insisted he has a private blueprint for defeating the extremist group and that he would demand a plan from military leaders within 30 days of taking office.

But he was also harshly critical of the …

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