On Sept. 7, 2016, Donald Trump upped the political ante when he praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, on a televised candidate forum. As per Trump, Putin enjoys an approval rating of 82 percent in the polls. He further mentioned that Putin is far ahead of U.S. President Barak Obama, in leadership.
Governor of Indiana Mike Pence, who is also Trump’s running mate, backed him. Pence claimed that Putin has been stronger than Obama as a leader. “I think it’s inarguable,” declared Pence on CNN. Trump seems to be stepping up the political ante as the battle has included Putin, probably as a catalyst.
To make matters more intense, the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton blasted Trump on his unpatriotic remarks. Clinton stated that his remarks are scary, apart from being insulting to the Commander-in-Chief. She was critical of Trump’s affirmation of Russia’s involvement in the political matters of its neighboring countries. Clinton further seized the opportunity to strike a political blow. She mentioned that Trump, if elected, would make excuses for Putin’s wrong doings.
A few hours after the televised forum, Trump appeared on the RT network. He refuted the claims of Russian hands being behind the Democratic official’s email hacks. “Maybe the Democrats are putting that out,” declared Trump to RT’s host, Larry King. Trump was also disapproving of the American press. He claimed that the media has been unbelievably dishonest. He raised concerns when he reportedly made statements that upped the political ante in the praising of Putin and his leadership skills.
Trump had also paid a visit to Mexico, the country he blames for American job losses. Clinton, who does not share the same thoughts about Mexico as Trump, declared the visit was unfortunate.
Tim Kaine, the Virginia senator, added that the safety and diplomacy of America must not be left in a rookie’s hand. He further declared that Trump created an embarrassment internationally. Clinton, on the other hand, made it clear that she has no intention of visiting Mexico before the election. “I’m going to continue to focus on what we’re doing to create jobs here,” said Clinton. She further affirmed that she would make sure that Americans have the best possible opportunities in the future.
Trump and Clinton, First Presidential Nominees from New York Post 9/11
Since the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, none of the presidential nominees have been from New York. This has changed in 2016. Both the major parties, this time, have nominated candidates who have connections to New York. The Democratic nominee, Clinton lived in New York for 16 years. She also represented the state in the Senate for eight years. On the other hand, the Republican nominee, Trump is a New York resident. He also owns a well-established real estate business in the state.
Right after the events of 9/11, CNN interviewed Clinton, who at the time, was a senator. “All the people working in the emergency front lines have done a superb job. But you know, New York is the global city. It is the symbol of American leadership,” she said in response to the display by the people and authorities of New York. Clinton even paid Ground Zero a visit the very next day.
Trump, on the other hand, claimed that he was in his Manhattan apartment the day of the attack. He further added that he saw the actual incident through his window. “People jumped, and I witnessed that. I watched that,” he exclaimed.
It is just a matter of time that one gets to know whether the American presidential race in 2016 is won by a woman for the first time, or by a possibly over ambitious and bold businessman.
By Abdullah Sultan Usmani
Edited by Jeanette Smith
The New York Times: Donald Trump’s Campaign Stands By Embrace of Putin
ABC News: Clinton Says Trump Created ‘Diplomatic Incident’ With Mexico Trip
ABC News: Where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Were on 9/11
The Atlantic: The Right’s Putin Derangement Syndrome
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