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War of words escalates: Clinton lashes out at Trump for Fed comments, accuses him of 'hiding taxes'

"You (Trump) should not be commenting on Fed actions when you are either running for president or you are president," Clinton said. Photograph: (Getty)

Tampa, FL, United States Sep 07, 2016, 01.18 AM (IST)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday attacked rival Donald Trump on multiple fronts and also accused him of 'hiding his taxes' in the wake of Trump's comments on Federal Reserve's monetary policy. 

"You should not be commenting on Fed actions when you are either running for president or you are president," Reuters quoted her as saying, adding that "words can be misinterpreted and hence move markets".

Trump had accused the US central bank of trying to help Democratic President Barack Obama by keeping interest rates low. He later added that interest rates should change. 

“They're keeping the rates down so that everything else doesn't go down," the New York real estate magnate said. 

“We have a very false economy,” he added. 

Clinton said that Trump should not try to talk up or down the economy. 

“He should not be adding Fed to the long list of institutions and individuals that he is maligning and otherwise attacking,” she said. 

She also lashed out at Republican presidential candidate for his 'coughing fit' remark made during a recent presser where he mocked at Clinton for suffering a coughing fit at a gathering in Cleveland. "Everytime, I think about Trump, I get allergic," she joked. 

'Hiding taxes'

As the election race narrows, Clinton also described Trump as "dead wrong" for saying that his tax returns were not the concern of everyday Americans, despite every major presidential nominee since Richard Nixon releasing their taxes before the election.

"I think it is a fundamental issue about him in this campaign that we're going to talk about in one way or another for the next 62 days, because he clearly has something to hide," she told reporters.

"If he's going to pursue this campaign, he owes it to the American people to come clean and release those tax returns."

'Trump is unfit to be a president' 

Clinton, at a voter registration rally in Tampa, also repeated her charge that Trump is "temperamentally unfit" for the office. Before some 1,500 supporters in Tampa, she denounced him as a "demagogue" preying on Americans` insecurities. 

"He (Trump) is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be president of the US," Clinton said as she unveiled a list of allegation against the Republican leader to buttress her point.

Pointing out the alleged dangerous vision for America of Trump, she said that his divisive policies would endanger the US at home and abroad.

He has no plan to combat ISIS and has frequently insulted US military, she said. 

"His whole campaign has been one long insult to all those who have worn the uniform to protect our most cherished American values. And a man who is so wrong about our veterans isn't right to serve as our commander-in-chief." 

Edging closer

In a new CNN/ORC poll, Trump has edged ahead of Clinton at 45 per cent to 43 per cent among likely voters, while an NBC News poll of registered voters shows Clinton`s lead holding at six percentage points:  48 percent to 42 percent, the AFP reported. 

A survey by The Washington Post, looking at all 50 states shows Clinton with a solid lead in terms of electoral college votes, and even strength in some traditional Republican strongholds.

The Democratic party presidential nominee, however, says she doesn't pay attention to such surveys. 

"We're sticking with our strategy, we feel very good about where we are," she said.

But the polls show how close the race is looking ahead of the November 8 vote, making the battle for the so-called swing states all the more important.

Both the presidential candidates have just 20 days before the first of three scheduled presidential debates, expected to be the most watched moments of an already raucous campaign.

(WION with inputs from agencies) 
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