Rand Paul Praises Trump for His 'Foresight' on Iraq

Sharing a stage with Hillary Clinton for the first time, Donald Trump insisted again that he didn't support the war in Iraq. At a speech in Cleveland, he tagged his Democratic opponent with a new nickname - "trigger-happy Hillary" and repeated his incorrect claim that he opposed the war in Iraq "from the beginning".

Trump has been criticized in the past for seeming to heap praise on Putin and other strongmen.

Neither candidate did themselves any favors at the forum.

Trump did little to counter the criticism that he lacks detailed policy proposals, particularly regarding the Islamic State. "They are saying, 'Oh, please Allah, make Trump president of America, '" Clinton told the Israeli channel. "It was something that should not have been done", Clinton said.

She responded: "I will talk quickly, but I want people to understand this". "We are going to keep working as hard as we can".

With just two months until Election Day, national security has emerged as a centerpiece issue in the White House race. "Our leaders did not follow what they were recommending".

Throughout the campaign, Obama has repeatedly denounced Trump and deemed him "unfit" to serve as commander in chief, while arguing that his controversial positions and comments are a step beyond what Republican nominees have embraced in the past.

While she's articulated an anti-Islamic State plan that is more aggressive than Obama's, she's largely in line with the president on foreign policy. We've gotta help people now serving not to feel that if they report their sense of unease, their depression, that somehow it's gonna be a mark against them. Lauer's NBC colleague, Lester Holt, is scheduled to moderate the first debate on September 26.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote that the forum was "an embarrassment to journalism".

Ahead of the forum, Trump rolled out a new plan to boost military spending by tens of billions of dollars, including major increases in the number of active troops, fighter planes, Navy ships and submarines.

The Democratic presidential nominee spent nearly a third of her allotted half-hour explaining and apologizing for her use of a private email server while Secretary of State. While she may be referring to the 2011 military intervention specifically, the claim more broadly is not true.

And for the first time, he opened the door to granting legal status to illegal immigrants who join the military. I was totally against the war in Iraq.

One audience member asked Trump: "As president, what specifically would you do to support all victims of sexual assault in the military?"

Trump answered, "Yeah, I guess so".

In a February 2016 interview on NBC's Meet the Press, Trump said that he didn't know what he meant during his 2002 conversation with Stern.

Clinton, during her segment, brought up the fact that Trump had been for the war: "He refuses to take responsibility for his support".

Pace reported from Washington.

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