On Thursday Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton will give a major national security speech from San Diego, California where she is campaigning ahead of California’s June 7th state primary, one of the last primary races before the Democratic Convention in July.
California is a state with strong military ties since it houses a host of U.S. military bases and has a variety of military contractors.
Clinton’s speech on Thursday is expected to focus on national security and foreign policy issues where she has more expertise than Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Clinton served as U.S. Secretary of State under the Obama administration from 2009-2013.
According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released on May 22nd, Donald Trump has closed the gap with Clinton concerning presidential election preferences since March when she had a 9 point advantage over the former reality star turned Republican presidential candidate.
In March Clinton led Trump by 14 points in the poll among all adults concerning the topic of trust to handle terrorism.
However, in the poll released on May 22nd, Clinton’s lead in this category has fallen to only a 3 point advantage.
Clinton came out ahead of Trump by a wide margin concerning international relations, handling an international crisis, and having a better personality and temperament to serve effectively as president.
On March 23rd Clinton gave a major foreign policy speech at Stanford University that touched on anti-terrorism measures and emphasized her leadership over the other Republican presidential candidates whom she criticized one day after two deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium rekindled terrorist fears in the West.
Clinton also emphasized in her Stanford speech that a Trump presidency would be a nice gift for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Putin already hopes to divide Europe. If Mr. Trump gets his way, it will be like Christmas in the Kremlin” Clinton said at Stanford University.
After Donald Trump spoke out about NATO in March, calling the military alliance “obsolete” and a “fortune” while suggesting that U.S. involvement in NATO may need to be scaled back, military experts around the world began to question what kind of foreign policy he would adopt if elected U.S. president.
Despite his frugal and reform oriented mindset towards NATO, Trump has sent mixed signals about military spending and U.S. military involvement around the world.
Trump has also advocated for spending more money on the military and “making to make it so big, powerful, and strong that no one would mess with us” he said earlier in January.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2016
Trump ruffled some feather in Asia when he suggested that more countries, including Japan and South Korea, should have nuclear weapons.
Following World War II Japan signed a nuclear non-nuclear weapons policy, described as the Three Non-Nuclear Principles and remains committed to not developing nuclear weapons.
TRUMP And ISIS
Trump said in an April 27th foreign policy speech that ISIS was making “millions and millions” a week selling oil out of Libya.
“And now ISIS is making millions and millions of dollars a week selling Libya oil. And you know what? We don’t blockade, we don’t bomb, we don’t do anything about it. It’s almost as if our country doesn’t even know what’s happening, which could be a fact and could be true” Trump said.
But according to Factcheck.org there’s no evidence that the Islamic State has been producing or selling oil out of Libya and their involvement has been more limited to disrupting oil rather than selling oil as Trump claimed.
North Korea Calls Trump a “Wise Politician”
Trump may have had his facts mixed up about ISIS in Libya and ruffled some feathers in Japan over nuclear weapons. But at least one Asian country has decided to throw their support behind Donald Trump and endorse the bombastic Republican leader.
On North Korea’s tightly controlled state media, DPRK Today, called Donald Trump a “wise politician” and said Hilary Clinton was “dull” in an op-ed column.
Trump has spoken about the U.S. pulling out of South Korea and said that he is willing to meet with North Korea’s reclusive leader Kim Jong-un.
*Correction- The ADP Jobs Report will be released on Thursday this week due to Memorial Day on Monday in the U.S. Normally it is released on Wednesday. I listed the ADP release date incorrectly and stated it occurs on Wednesday on the economic calendar during my week-end post.