Islamic State is 'rooting' for Donald Trump, says Hillary Clinton

Islamic State is 'rooting' for Donald Trump, says Hillary Clinton

After last night's Commander-In-Chief forum, a significant deal of discussion appears to suggest that NBC's Matt Lauer didn't give viewers the preview they wanted for his upcoming moderation of the first 2016 presidential debate.

Trump additionally courted controversy by repeating his assertions that the United States should have kept Iraq's oil after the invasion in 2003 to ensure that to the victor go the spoils.

Asked about what critics call her hawkish foreign policy record, Clinton said: "We are not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again and we are not putting ground troops into Syria".

Trump did little to counter the criticism that he lacks detailed policy proposals, particularly regarding the Islamic State group.

Clinton said she will convene a national security meeting Friday with former advisers to Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, including Homeland Security Secretaries Michael Chertoff and Janet Napolitano, and retired Navy Admiral Jim Stavridis.

During the forum, Trump also insisted on repeating a claim that has been previously debunked - that the businessman was "totally against the war in Iraq".

OK, so Lauer did push back a bit on Trump's praise of Putin-whom Trump has lauded as a great leader, apparently for calling Trump's "brilliant"-noting that Putin is at work in the world undermining USA interests, and is implicated in the hacking of the email system of the Democratic National Committee". Trump told us he has a plan but apparently he does not, or wants to compare notes with the generals. "As I said, many of Trump's supporters are hard-working Americans who just don't feel like the economy or our political system are working for them".

"It suggests he will let Putin do whatever Putin wants to do and then make excuses for him", Clinton said. "But I don't think she is losing us here in North Carolina". The first debate is set for September 26, and will be moderated by NBC's Lester Holt.

By virtue of a coin flip, Clinton took the stage first and quickly found herself responding at length to questions about her years in government.

Islamic State is 'rooting' for Donald Trump, says Hillary Clinton
Islamic State is 'rooting' for Donald Trump, says Hillary Clinton

The leading topic during the forum and in the media coverage afterwards was the continued issue of Clinton's use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State. During today's press conference, Clinton reaffirmed her commitment to defeating ISIS and said she would make it a top priority to hunt down the terrorist group's leader and bring him to justice as the US did with Osama bin Laden. Or he might have questioned why Trump would invite a rival government, headed by a dictator whose opponents often turn up dead, to hack into the email server of a former USA secretary of state for the presumed objective of exposing whatever state secrets Trump is insinuating exist on that server.

News knows the "Commander-in-Chief Forum" was not Matt Lauer's finest hour.

Clinton elaborated on those remarks at the Thursday press conference, saying putting a significant number of U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria would "fulfill one of (ISIS') dearest wishes which is to drag the United States back into a ground war in that region".

Trump stood by a previous comment that appeared to blame military sexual assaults on men and women serving together, but added that he would not seek to remove women from the military. And for the first time, he opened the door to granting legal status to people living in the US illegally who join the military.

Trump, who said at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, Tuesday he expected "very big" figures, has thus far pulled in $128 million in campaign funds, however, almost half has come from his own pockets.

I am an expert on sexism in the work place, and this is exactly what it looks like.

One point The Times and others honed in on was the fact that Lauer did not challenge Trump on his assertion, which he's made throughout the campaign, that he'd opposed the Iraq war from the beginning. He replied, "Yeah, I guess so".

While GOP candidates are often seen by voters as having an advantage on military and national security issues, Trump is far from a traditional Republican.

Trump also drew fire for criticising the military.

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