Donald Trump calls Hillary Clinton a 'world-class liar' in his NYC speech
June 22, 2016
Seeking to refocus his U.S. presidential campaign, presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump today lambasted Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as a failed secretary of state who is out of step with Americans on trade and immigration.
Clinton is a "world-class liar" and "the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency," Trump said in a 45-minute speech in New York City that touched on the economy, infrastructure and national security.
Trump attacked Clinton on familiar topics related to her time as the country's top diplomat — her private email server, the Bengazi affair — and on broader issues connected to the policies of Barack Obama and her husband, Bill Clinton.
Those policies "cost America thousands of lives and trillions and trillions of dollars and unleashed ISIS across the world," he said, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
"No secretary of state has been more wrong, more often and in more places than Hillary Clinton."
Trump pledged to breathe new life into the U.S. economy, rebuild the inner cities and take a stand against "countries that cheat on trade deals," but offered few specifics. He did not take questions.
"Parents will start dreaming big for the children again," he told supporters and reporters.
The address from his hotel marks his official opening salvo against Clinton in the general election. It comes as he faces growing questions about his readiness for the presidency, and even for the campaign he'll need to run to get there.
But even as he lobbed accusations, the billionaire real estate mogul seemed to be trying to present a more positive, altruistic version of himself, saying he wants to "give back" to the country where he built his fortune. Reading from a Teleprompter, he repeatedly referred to family, children, LGBT and women's rights.
He even referred at one point to "peaceful Muslims" — in contrast to his earlier broadsides that have included a call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
Trump made only an indirect reference to his proposed ban on Wednesday when he said he only wants to allow in those who "share our values and love our people."
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