Donald Trump, who’s leading in most presidential polls but now facing stiff competition from Sen. Ted Cruz in the race for the White House, faulted Hillary Clinton for the death of thousands, saying her policies while secretary of State were “stupid” and dangerous.
“She is the one that caused all this problem with her stupid policies,” Trump said, during a “Fox News Sunday” interview, in context of discussing the rise of ISIS. “You look at what she did with Libya, what she did with Syria.”
Trump went on, the Hill reported: “You look, she was truly, if not the, one of the worst secretary of states in the history of the country. She talks about me being dangerous. She’s killed hundreds of thousands of people with her stupidity.”
Host Chris Wallace asked Trump for clarification about the death statistic claim.
And his response, the Hill reported: “She was secretary of State. Obama was president, the team. Two real geniuses.”
Clinton, in the wake of the Arab Spring revolutions that tore through the Middle East region, and resulted in anti-American violence, stated in an October 2012 presentation to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., that the role of the United States should stay as one of support.
“[Washington shouldn’t be deterred] by the violent acts of a small number of extremists,” she said at the time, Reuters reported. “We have to stand with those who are working every day to strengthen democratic institutions, defend universal rights and drive inclusive economic growth. That will produce more capable partners and more durable security over the long term.”