U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Sunday that her Republican rival Donald Trump's foreign policy views, including "heaping praise on a dangerous dictator in North Korea," pose "immediate dangers."
"Look what he's done this past week, you know, attacking our closest ally, England. Heaping praise on a dangerous dictator in North Korea. Reiterating his call to pull out of NATO, our strong military alliance. Talking about letting other countries have nuclear weapons," Clinton said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"That is beyond the pale. And it poses immediate dangers," she said.
She was believed to be referring to remarks that Trump made about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Even though Trump at the time described Kim as a "total nut job" and a "madman playing around with the nukes," he also said it was "amazing" for the young leader to keep control of the country.
"I've said he was unqualified to be president. I believe that deeply," Clinton said. "I do not want Americans and, you know, good-thinking Republicans, as well as Democrats and Independents, to start to believe that this is a normal candidacy. It isn't."
Under his "America First" foreign policy, Trump has also argued that the U.S. should be prepared to end protection of allies unless they pay more. He even suggested allowing South Korea and Japan to develop their own nuclear weapons for self-defense so as to reduce U.S. security burdens.
Trump's top foreign policy adviser, Walid Phares, said in a recent interview with Yonhap News Agency that Trump's remarks made as a candidate should be taken as an expression of principles, rather than policy, meaning that such extreme scenarios as a troop pullout are only for negotiation purposes. (Yonhap)