Hillary Clinton faults Donald Trump’s leadership style
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Sunday (May 22) she believes Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s leadership style would present a “danger” to the U.S.
Confident that she is finally close to defeating U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont for the Democratic nomination, Clinton turned heavy fire on Trump, who has been running about even with her in national polls of voters looking ahead to the Nov. 8 presidential election.
“I do not want Americans…to start to believe that this is a normal candidacy. It isn’t. What he is advocating– look what he’s done this past week. You know, attacking our closest ally, England. Heaping praise on a dangerous dictator in North Korea. Reiterating his call to pull out of NATO, our strong military alliance. Talking about letting other countries have nuclear weapons. Advocating a return to torture, and even murdering the families of suspected terrorists. That is beyond the pale,” Clinton said on the NBC program “Meet The Press.”
The former secretary of state also reiterated her call for real estate mogul and reality television star Trump to release his latest tax returns.
“The only two we have show that he hasn’t paid a penny in taxes. And yet he goes around talking about “Make America great.” You know? That means paying for our military. That means paying for our roads. That means paying for the V.A. That means a lot of things. And if you’ve got someone running for president who’s afraid to release his tax returns, because it will expose the fact that he pays no federal income tax, I think that’s a big progress,” Clinton said.
The Democratic front-runner was also asked whether she’d consider entrepreneur Mark Cuban as a possible running mate. Cuban, who identifies as an independent, has in recent said he’d consider being a running mate for either of the two likely presidential candidates.
“I appreciate his openness to it…I think that…businesspeople have, especially successful businesspeople who are really successful as opposed to pretend successful, I think have a lot to offer,” Clinton said.
Businessman Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team and investor, is also the star of the reality television show “Shark Tank” where he and other successful business people consider pitches from inventors and small business owners.
“I like the fact that Senator Clinton has thought out proposals. That’s a good thing because we get to see exactly where she stands,” Cuban told Todd on Sunday.
Cuban has said that he would like to see Clinton move closer to the center of the political spectrum and has criticized hers support for some of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. While Cuban maintains that he is open to either a Clinton or Trump ticket, he was critical of Trump on Sunday.
“I think Donald has a real chance to win and that’s scary to a lot of people. But what’s scary about it to me is that you can see him now trying to do what he thinks is right to unify the party and he’s listening to everybody which is fine on the surface but what’s also happening is it’s coming across as if he’s proposing things based off the last person he talks to,” Cuban said.
He pointed to Trump’s list of 11 possible Supreme Court justice nominees as an example.
“I bet you, if you asked him about any one of them and to discuss any one of their findings he won’t be able to do it and to me that’s a problem,” Cuban said.
An NBC poll on Sunday showed Clinton with a slim three point lead on Trump, down from her nearly 14-point-lead on Trump in April.
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