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Clinton: Trump’s foreign policy ‘absolutely bewilders’ her

The Associated Press
| Tuesday, August 16, 2016 10:24 p.m

PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton vowed Tuesday to conduct a national security and foreign policy that Americans could be proud of, saying rival Donald Trump “just absolutely bewilders” her when he talks about his policies around the globe.

Clinton embraced the U.S. Olympic team’s success at a voter registration rally in Philadelphia, pointing to Team USA’s gold as an example of an optimistic nation that runs counter to what she considers Trump’s pessimism and negativity.

“It just absolutely bewilders me when I hear Donald Trump try to talk about national security,” Clinton said, pointing to Vice President Joe Biden’s dissection of Trump’s foreign policy at a Pennsylvania event on Monday. “What (Trump) often says hurts us. It sends the wrong message to friend and foe alike.” Turning to the Olympic team, she said, “Team USA is showing the world what this country stands for.”

Trump on Monday said the country’s national security requirements demanded “extreme” vetting of immigrants seeking admission to the United States, pointing to the threat of the Islamic State group and terrorism elements. But he offered few specifics about how the process might work or how it would be paid for by taxpayers. On Tuesday night, he posted on Facebook a pledge to “reject bigotry and hatred and oppression in all its forms, and seek a new future built on our common culture and values as one American people.”

That’s a vastly different tone from the one he has often used during his year-plus campaign, and it occurs after he has repeatedly refused to pivot from his appeal to Republican voters to the broader general electorate. During Trump’s campaign, he has said that many Mexicans are rapists, feuded with the Muslim-American parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq, and proposed to suspend immigration by Muslims and people from “terror countries.”

Clinton and Trump have each sought the upper hand as the chief executive most capable of battling terrorism. While the GOP business mogul has vowed to project strength and decisive action against terror, the former secretary of State has pointed to her deep foreign policy credentials and warned that Trump could plunge the nation into another war.

Trump has called for an unprecedented temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, and he said in his Ohio speech that he would overhaul the nation’s screening process and block those who sympathize with extremist groups or fail to embrace American values.

Meanwhile, Congress received FBI documents related to the agency’s recently closed investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State, lawmakers said Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the Republican-led House oversight panel said staff is reviewing documents that are classified as secret.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, wrote in a statement that the panel received “FBI witness interview reports, including that of Secretary Clinton’s interview, along with other materials from the FBI’s now closed investigative file.”

The FBI last month closed its yearlong probe into whether Clinton and her aides mishandled sensitive information that flowed through a private email server in the basement of her New York home. Though he described Clinton’s actions as “extremely careless,” FBI Director James Comey said his agents found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the Democratic presidential nominee.

In a statement, the FBI said the materials were provided to Congress consistent with the agency’s “commitment to transparency” in the Clinton case. The material contains classified information and was provided “with the expectation it will not be disseminated or disclosed” without the FBI’s agreement, the agency said.

Furious that the FBI did not press charges against their political rival, House Republicans pressed the agency to release notes from its agents’ July interview with Clinton. They claim the FBI notes, which are typically kept confidential after an investigation is closed, may show Clinton provided inconsistent answers to questions about her handling of emails containing classified information during testimony last year before the House Benghazi panel.

Republicans are demanding that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether Clinton lied to Congress.

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