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Hillary Clinton's policies could spark World War III: Trump

Trump questioned how Clinton would negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin after demonising him. Photograph: (AFP)

Florida, United States Oct 26, 2016, 05.09 AM (IST)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said his rival Hillary Clinton's plan for Syria would "lead to World War Three". 

Trump lambasted her foreign policies, saying his Democratic rival could "drag the United States into a world war against military forces from nuclear-armed Russia" with her aggressive posturing towards resolving the Syrian conflict. 

Clinton had earlier called for the establishment of a no-fly zone and "safe zones" on the ground to protect non-combatants, which analysts fear could risk putting the US into direct conflict with Russian fighter jets. 

"What we should do is focus on ISIS. We should not be focusing on Syria. You’re going to end up in World War Three over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton," Trump said.

"You’re not fighting Syria any more, you’re fighting Syria, Russia and Iran, all right? Russia is a nuclear country, but a country where the nukes work as opposed to other countries that talk," he added.

Trump questioned how Clinton would negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin after demonising him. If she wins the presidency, "how she is going to go back and negotiate with this man who she has made to be so evil," he asked. 

In an interview that focused largely on international policies, Trump said Washington should give higher importance to defeating the Islamic State than persuading Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, deviating from a long-held goal of the United States. "Assad is secondary, to me, to ISIS," he said.

Next, Trump aimed his criticism at the US President. He blamed Barack Obama for the deterioration of ties with the Philippines, saying the president "wants to focus on his golf game" rather than engage with world leaders.  

With two weeks left until the Election Day, Trump is trailing in the polls. He bemoaned a lack of Republican unity behind his candidacy and said he would easily win the election if the party would support him.  

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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