SAN DIEGO, United States, Jun 3 – US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton tore into her likely election rival Donald Trump as never before Thursday, saying his foreign policy is dangerously incoherent and labeling him unfit for office.
“He is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility,” Clinton said, cranking up the rhetoric in what is already a deeply acrimonious election.
“This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes.”
Americans will go to the polls on November 8 to elect a new president, replacing Barack Obama, who steps down after eight years in office.
Clinton and Trump are all but assured to be the Democratic and Republican party nominees.
Clinton, who has formerly served as secretary of state, first lady and a US senator, is vying to become the first female president in America’s 239-year history.
Trump, a 69-year-old celebrity real estate mogul, burst onto the political scene last year, leveraging his fame to garner media coverage and dispelling much more experienced Republican rivals.
But in the process Trump has rejected many of the central tenets of foreign policy endorsed by both major parties.
He has questioned the utility of NATO, expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and appeared cavalier about the prospect of nuclear weapons proliferation.
Clinton in turn ridiculed her foe – painting him as a thin-skinned neophyte – and voiced incredulity at his views.
“I will leave it to the psychiatrists to explain his affection for tyrants,” she said, while trying to showcase her own grasp of world affairs.
“Even if I weren’t in this race, I’d be doing everything I could to make sure Donald Trump never becomes president because I believe he will take our country down a truly dangerous path,” she told an audience in San Diego, California.