Clinton and Trump Spar on Terror Policy

     (CN) – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump traded a series of verbal blows Monday after a weekend that saw purported terrorist incidents in three states, the Democrat saying Trump’s angry rhetoric gives “aid and comfort” to the enemy.
     During a hastily arranged news conference outside her campaign plane Monday morning, Clinton called out Trump for his anti-Muslin rhetoric, saying helped Islamic State and other terrorist groups recruit new fighters.
     But Trump came right back at her, claiming Clinton “emboldened terrorists” as secretary of state and that the Obama administration’s willingness to welcome refuges from the Middle East and elsewhere has led to a “cancer within.”
     Clinton spent much of the session with reporters describing how she is the candidate most qualified to combat terrorism and contrasting that experience with Trump using incidents like the bombings in New York and New Jersey and the mass stabbing in a Minnesota mall to make “some kind of demagogic point.”
     “I’m the only candidate in this race who’s been part of the hard decisions to take terrorists off the battlefield,” Clinton told the reporters traveling with the campaign. “I have sat at that table in the Situation Room.”
     “We’re going after the bad guys and we’re going to get them, but we’re not going to go after an entire religion,” Clinton said.
     As for Trump, she said his many anti-Muslin statements have “given aid and comfort” to terrorist groups.
     The possibility of a home-grown terrorist plot cast a shadow over the presidential race Monday, and both campaigns put out successive written statements to comment on it and each other in context.
     Trump on Monday repeatedly called for tougher policing, up to and including profiling those who look like they could have connections to the Middle East or terrorism.
     “We don’t want to do any profiling,” he said on “Fox and Friends” Monday morning.
     “If somebody looks like he has a massive bomb on his back, we won’t go up to that person and say I’m sorry because if he looks like he comes from that part of the world we’re not allowed to profile. … Give me a break,” he said by phone.
     Later, the Trump campaign seized on Clinton’s
     aid and comfort” remark, saying he had done nothing less than accuse the GOP presidential candidate of treason, something they said went beyond acceptable campaigning.
     Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon jabbed back, saying the Trump campaign could call her remarks anything they want.
     “Hillary Clinton will continue to call it out,” Fallon said.
     This riled Trump, who late Monday issued a statement that said in part, “Hillary Clinton showed again that she will say anything – and blame anyone – to shift attention away from the weakness she showed as Secretary of State.
     “The Obama-Clinton doctrine of not taking ISIS seriously enough has emboldened terrorists all over the world,” Trump continued.
     “These [incidents] should be a wake-up call for every American,” he said.
     New York officials said Monday the bombings in a Manhattan neighborhood and a New Jersey shore town look increasingly like acts of terrorism with a foreign connection.
     Authorities were also investigating the stabbings of nine people at a Minnesota mall by an individual identified as Dahir Adan as a possible act of terrorism.
     Ahmad Khan Rahami , an Afghan immigrant wanted for questioning in the bombings was captured in New Jersey Monday after being wounded in a gun battle with police, authorities said.
     The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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