Philadelphia: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has already damaged US’ national security as he has undermined the fight against ISIS by alienating Muslim partners and weakened America’s standing in the world, former secretary of state Madeline Albright said here on Wednesday.
Noting that safeguarding freedom and security is not like hosting a TV reality show, Albright, 79, said it demanded not only a cool head, but also a big heart.
“We know what it’s like to step off that plane with the words ‘United States of America’ on it. You know that safeguarding freedom and security isn’t like hosting a reality TV show. It’s a complex, round-the-clock job that demands not only a steady hand and a cool head, but a big heart,” Albright said in her address to the Democratic National Convention.
“You are not just representing yourself, you are there for all of us. Hillary has displayed these qualities in every job she has ever had,” she said, adding that Americans must do everything to make sure that Clinton becomes the next US President.
Albright said with threats looming large in today’s world, America needed a leader who has the experience and judgement to keep it “strong, secure, and safe”.
“Many have argued that Donald Trump would harm our national security if he were elected president. The fact is he has already done damage, just by running for president,” Albright said.
“He has undermined our fight against ISIS by alienating our Muslim partners. He has weakened our standing in the world by threatening to walk from our friends and our allies ? and by encouraging more countries to get nuclear weapons,” she said.
Albright also alleged that Trump had a strong admiration for dictators such as Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin.
“When asked about Putin, Donald Trump said ? and I quote ? “in terms of leadership, he is getting an “A”. The Truth is that a Trump victory in November would be a gift to Vladimir Putin ? and given what we have learned about Russia’s recent actions, Putting is eager for Trump to win. And that should worry every American,” Albright said.
“Trump’s dark vision of America, one that’s isolated in the world, alienated from our allies, would be a disaster. We must make sure that never happens. We must elect Hillary Clinton as our next president,” she said.
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