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The Lid: Clinton, Trump Preview National Security Battle

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Hillary Clinton on Thursday previewed what may become her rebuttal to Donald Trump’s claim that the U.S. became less safe while she was secretary of state. “We have seen how Donald Trump is being used to essentially be a recruiter for more people to join the cause of terrorism,” she said in an interview with CNN. Specifically, Clinton mentioned Trump’s proposal to ban most Muslims from entering the country. The Clinton campaign has been working to turn the ban, which was largely a strength for Trump during the GOP primary, into one of his biggest weaknesses in the general. Last week, Trump said the ban was “just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on.” Regardless of Trump’s attempts to create some wiggle room on his position, it’s clear that Clinton will make her argument a key rebuttal to GOP attacks on her foreign policy record. The trouble for both camps -- especially with possible terrorist violence back in the news today with the crash of that EgyptAir jet -- is that the country’s mood when it comes to national security is largely dependent on international events that are out of their hands.

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