The presidential nominees of both parties took the stage to answer questions on issues concerning national security and military at the Commander in Chief forum on Wednesday.
In the audience were veterans and active military members. The event was sponsored by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton answered the questions first. Asked about her private email server, she said it was something that “should not have been done.”
When a veteran from the audience asked how one can trust her to be the president after the email scandal, she said, “I communicated about classified material on a wholly separate system…I did exactly what I should have done and I take it very seriously.” She noted the emails that were either sent or received on her email server bore no header that said they were classified.
Regarding VA issues, she said she would “not let the V.A. be privatized.” She said she thinks “there is an agenda out there, supported by my opponent to do just that.”
However, as reported by Politifact, the same claim against Republican presidential nominee Trump is false. While the publication notes that Trump backs providing private care to veterans, it cannot be interpreted to mean he supports privatizing the system as a whole.
When Trump was asked about his views of defeating ISIS, he said “the generals have been reduced to rubble” under President Barack Obama’s leadership.
However, Trump added he has “great faith in the military.” How he plans to counter the growing threat of terrorism, he said, “I have a substantial chance of winning, and if I win, I don’t want to broadcast to the enemy exactly what my plan is.”
Clinton stressed defeating ISIS is her “highest counterterrorism goal.”
“We are not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again, and we’re not putting ground troops into Syria,” Clinton said. “We’re going to defeat ISIS without committing American ground troops.”
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Trump on issue regarding sexual assaults in military
Going to war with Iraq – a question that stemmed from her voting to authorize a war during her time as Senator – was a “mistake,” Clinton said.
About his qualifications to be the next president, Trump said he has “great judgement.” He supplemented this by speaking about his experience in international business.
“I’ve built a great company, I’ve been all over the world, I’ve dealt with many countries,” Trump said. “I’ve had great experience dealing with an international basis.”
On the issue of growing sexual assaults in the military, with a reference made to a 2013 tweet from Trump that said “Twenty-six thousand unreported sexual assaults in the military — only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” (The post can be read towards the bottom of the story), the presidential nominee said it was a correct tweet.
“When you have somebody that does something so evil, so bad as that, there has to be consequences for that person,” Trump said. “You have to go after that person. Right now, nobody is doing anything.”