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Clinton, Trump clash over national security


US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump have once again clashed over the country’s national security.

The two White House hopefuls attacked each other on Friday, with Clinton slating Trump for supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin and the business mogul calling the former secretary of state “trigger-happy.”

On Wednesday, Trump criticized President Barack Obama’s foreign policy as weak, saying the Russian president “has been a leader far more than our president has been.”

Clinton told reporters at a news conference in New York that “it is beyond one’s imagination to have a candidate for president praising” Putin.

She also said that Trump “promises to do things that will make us less safe,” adding, “National security experts on both sides of the aisle are chilled by” his remarks.

Hillary Clinton speaks following a National Security Working Session at the New York Historical Society Library on September 9, 2016 in New York City. (AFP)

Clinton said Trump’s presidential campaign was not “serious,” noting that it was becoming “more of a reality-television story.”

Trump, who was speaking at the conservative Value Voters summit in Washington, said, “The problem is, Hillary Clinton is trigger-happy.”

He described Clinton as a “massive failure,” while she served as the country’s top diplomat from 2009 to early 2013.

“Her tenure has brought us only war, destruction and death. She’s just too quick to intervene, invade, or to push for regime change,” he said at the summit.

Trump addresses the Values Voter summit in Washington, DC, September 9, 2016. (AFP)

He also said he would welcome Russia along with any other country that wants to join the US in fight against the Daesh terrorists in Syria.

“That includes Russia,” he said. “If they want to join us in knocking out ISIS (Daesh), that’s just fine as far as I’m concerned.”

According to CNN/ORC poll released on Wednesday, both candidates remain mostly unliked, with majorities saying they have an unfavorable view of each candidate.

Polls taken in the past several months have also shown that Clinton and Trump were ranked among the most unpopular presidential candidates in America’s history.

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