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Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton’s Syria Policy would Bring World War 3, says Donald Trump

Clinton's campaign criticized Trump as backing Russian President Vladimir Putin, who wants Assad to remain in power

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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump rallies with supporters at the Million Air Orlando airplane hangar in Sanford, Florida, U.S. Oct. 25, 2016. VOA
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USA, October 26, 2016: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says Democrat Hillary Clinton’s Syria policies would lead to another world war.

“What we should do is focus on ISIS. We should not be focusing on Syria,” Trump said in an interview with Reuters. “You’re going to end up in World War Three over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton.”

The Syrian conflict is a complex web of competing for the local and international influence that began in 2011 as peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad, but for the past two years has also included a fight against Islamic State militants. Russia and Iran back Assad against the rebels, while opposition fighters have support from countries such as the United States, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

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Assad’s role

Clinton has proposed in many ways continuing U.S. efforts to go after Islamic State fighters and wants Assad to leave power. But she also supports establishing a no-fly zone in order to protect civilians, something President Barack Obama has resisted and which would potentially set up conflict with Syrian and Russian forces.

Trump told Reuters Assad’s role in the future of Syria is “secondary” to the goal of defeating Islamic State, and that the Syrian leader is stronger today than he was three years ago.

Clinton’s campaign criticized Trump as backing Russian President Vladimir Putin, who wants Assad to remain in power.

“Once again, he is parroting Putin’s talking points and playing to Americans’ fears, all while refusing to lay out any plans of his own for defeating ISIS or alleviating humanitarian suffering in Syria,” said a statement from Clinton spokesman Jesse Lehrich.

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‘Rigged’ polls, media

Trump also repeated his assertion that the media is rigging polls to show he is behind Clinton, and criticized the Republican Party for what he called a lack of support.

“The people are very angry with the leadership of this party, because this is an election that we will win 100 percent if we had support from the top. I think we’re going to win it anyway,” he said.

Trump’s campaign finance chairman, Steven Mnuchin, made the unusual announcement that Trump will no longer take part in big-money fundraisers that are key for the Republican Party to support congressional candidates.

Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee by the party and the presidential candidate’s campaign, is now “wound down” after holding its last event last week, Mnuchin told The Washington Post. The candidate himself will spend the last two weeks of the campaign holding rallies and taking his message directly to the voters in person, he added.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks during a campaign event at the Taylor Allderdice High School, Oct. 22, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pa. VOA
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks during a campaign event at the Taylor Allderdice High School, Oct. 22, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pa. VOA

Latest polls

An average of major national polls shows Clinton leading Trump 45 percent to 40 percent with less than two weeks before the November 8 election.

Clinton urged her supporters Tuesday to not let those poll numbers affect whether they vote.

“I hope you will come out and vote because it’s going to be a close election,” she said. “Pay no attention to the polls. Don’t forget, don’t get complacent, because we’ve got to turn people out.” (VOA)

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On New Year, President Trump threatens to stop Aid to Pakistan

President Donald Trump began the New Year on Monday with a blistering attack on Pakistan, saying it will get no more US aid.

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Donald Trump blasts Pakistan. Pixabay
Donald Trump points out the $33 billion aid that Pakistan had already got in the past. Pixabay
  • Donald Trump threatens to stop all USA’s aid to Pakistan on this  New Year.
  • Trump alleged that Pakistan misuses the funds and shelter terrorists.
  • Not only Trump, but Pakistan has been accused of the same by India and Afghanistan too.

President Donald Trump began the New Year on Monday with a blistering attack on Pakistan, saying it will get no more US aid as it was giving “safe haven to terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan”.

“The US has foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” Trump tweeted in his strongest denunciation of Islamabad.

“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” he added.

There was no immediate official reaction in Islamabad.

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U.S. President, Donald Trump accused Pakistan of providing a safe heaven to terrorists. . Wikimedia

Trump’s announcement follows an increasingly tense back-and-forth between Washington and Islamabad after the US President unveiled his administration’s National Security Strategy.

He had then reminded Pakistan about its obligation towards helping the US because it got “massive payments” from Washington every year.

“We have made it clear to Pakistan that while we desire continued partnership, we must see decisive action against terrorist groups operating on their territory,” Trump had said. “They have to help.”

Pakistan is also accused by Afghanistan and India of harbouring terrorists ranged against the two countries. Islamabad routinely denies such charges. IANS