Kaine: World Leaders Say They Prefer Clinton
Concerned world leaders are counting on the American people to elect Hillary Clinton as president in the fall, vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine said on Monday.
Speaking in front of a packed gymnasium in Richmond, Virginia – his first solo campaign rally since receiving the Democratic nomination, Kaine claimed that leaders of foreign countries have expressed their support for the Democratic ticket.
“I talk to people all around the world,” he said. “I’m on the Foreign Relations Committee. The leaders of other nations tell me, ‘We are counting on you.’ We’ve got to have the right leadership in this country. We’ve got to have it.”
According to Kaine, Hillary Clinton “is a bridge builder with alliances and strength, and she knows the value of alliances.”
Donald Trump, on the other hand, “is a trash talker. He trash talks allies, he trash talks foreign leaders…”
In May, President Obama said during the G-7 summit in Japan that Trump’s campaign statements had his fellow world leaders concerned. “They’re rattled by him and for good reason,” Obama said. “Because a lot of the proposals that he’s made display either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude or an interest in getting tweets and headlines instead of actually thinking through what is required to keep America safe.”
Trump responded to the president by saying that world leaders have passed along a message of reconciliation in conversations with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. “One of the biggest diplomats of the country, he’s a friend of mine – you saw recently I have actually met with him, it was all over the place – and he said, ‘Donald, I thought you were wrong in your approach; I thought it was too tough. But you know what? All of those countries are calling me [and asking],’What do we do, what do we do? How can we make him happy? If he wins, what can we do?’” Trump said during a campaign rally in California. “I am with this man, and he said they are all calling. He knows all nations. He is a highly respected guy. A great guy,” Trump said about Kissinger without mentioning his name. “And he said they want to know, they want to get along.”
Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence also held his own rally in Reno, Nevada on Monday. “History teaches us that weakness arouses evil, ” he said. “Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s foreign policy of leading from behind .. are a testament to this truth of history. We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends. America needs to be strong for the world to be safe. And on the world stage, Donald Trump will lead from strength from day one.”