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'Not your typical foreign policy debate' between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton, bottom center, gathers with delegates in London in 2010 while serving as secretary of state. (Matt Dunham / Pool photo)
Hillary Clinton, bottom center, gathers with delegates in London in 2010 while serving as secretary of state. (Matt Dunham / Pool photo)

Jake Sullivan, who served Hillary Clinton at the Department of State and now works as a top policy advisor in her presidential campaign, is used to debating the pros and cons of various approaches to foreign policy.

He views the approaching general election battle with Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, as something very different.

“This is not your typical foreign policy debate,” Sullivan said in an interview. “He is fundamentally unfit for the job of keeping Americans safe.”

It’s a message that Clinton herself will try to drive home in a speech in San Diego on Thursday, the first stop in a five-day swing through California. Sullivan said Clinton, who is close to locking down the Democratic nomination after a lengthy primary battle with Bernie Sanders, will lay out “a comperhensive and systematic critique of not just Donald Trump’s ideas, but his basic fitness for the job."

Clinton has made her experience as the country's top diplomat under President Obama a key part of her campaign. She's repeatedly painted Trump as too risky for the Oval Office – too willing to discard old alliances, engage in saber-rattling with trading partners and antagonize an entire religious group by proposing a ban on Muslim immigration.

But what if voters are ready to take a risk this year?

“Americans are a people who have a good deal of common sense, sound judgment, and they know the difference between new ideas and terrible, dangerous, bizarre ideas,” Sullivan said. “Donald Trump’s various pronouncements all fall into the latter category.”


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