Clinton: Trump 'Did Choke' on 'Unfortunate' Mexico Visit
Candidate gives wide-ranging interview to ABC
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2016 5:06 PM CDT
Hillary Clinton boards her campaign plane at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, to travel to Quad Cities International Airport in Moline, Ill.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton sat down with running mate Tim Kaine and ABC News for a fairly extensive interview, and the former secretary of state wasted little time in disparaging Donald Trump's lone foray into foreign relations, saying that her rival's brief trip to Mexico was "unfortunate. He came out saying one thing and the Mexican president contradicted him almost immediately." She derided Trump for not discussing who might foot the bill for his border wall, saying, "he didn't raise it, so he did choke. He didn't know how to even communicate effectively with a head of state. And I think that's a pretty clear outcome from that trip." Added Kaine: "You shouldn't leave the safety of America and our diplomacy in the hands of a rookie who, on his one visit with a foreign leader, has already created kind of an international embarrassment for us." Other highlights from the interview:

  • On whether she'd accept an invitation to Mexico before Election Day: "No."
  • On Trump and immigration: "It's clear his advisers are scrambling to try to present a new and different Donald Trump, but the fact is, there is no new or different Donald Trump. ... He won the Republican nomination, in large measure, because he appealed to people who were quite attracted to that message—the big wall that Mexico was going to pay for, which we now know is a sham, and deportation, which they're trying to somehow soften and move away from. When someone shows you who he is, believe him."
  • On the Clinton Foundation: "I don't think there are conflicts of interest. I know that that's what has been alleged and never proven. But nevertheless, I take it seriously. I'm very proud of the work that the Clinton Foundation has done. It's a world-renowned charity because of the work that my husband started and many, many people helped him with. ... He started this great work. He has made it his life's work, after the presidency. And he has said, if I am so fortunate enough to be elected, he will not be involved. And I think that is appropriate."

 

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