Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump blamed his Democrat opponent, Hilary Clinton for the “chaos” of the Middle East during a bitter Presidential debate that also saw the candidates clash over jobs, terrorism and race.
Libya featured notably within a heated debate on US foreign policy, with Clinton responding to Trump’s attacks over her support for her role as Secretary of State in backing Libyan rebels against Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi saying “He actually advocated for the actions we took in Libya and urged that Gaddafi be taken out, after actually doing some business with him one time.” Similarly, while Trump was keen to assert his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, numerous fact checking sites have been unable to find any indication of this before the following year, after much of the country had turned against the war.
The rise of the Islamic State, (Daesh) loomed large during some of the fierier exchanges within a heated debate, with Trump defending his refusal to tell potential voters his plans for tackling the group, lambasting Clinton,”You’re telling the enemy everything you want to do. No wonder you’ve been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.” Clinton responded that at least, in contrast to her Republican rival, who had earlier spoken of his ‘secret plan’ for tackling the group, she had a plan.
America’s 2015 deal with Iran, where sanctions against the country were lifted in return for a cessation in nuclear testing was slammed by the Republican candidate as, “One of the worst deals ever made by any country in history.” Moreover, referencing his Sunday meeting with, Benjamin Netanyahu he said that the deal had left the Israeli leader, “not a happy camper.” Though Clinton was not Secretary of State at the time of the 2015 deal, she defended her role leading up to the agreement saying, “When I became Secretary of State, Iran was weeks away from having enough nuclear material to form a bomb,” Clinton then continued her comments, outlining her efforts to assemble an international coalition, including Russia and China, that were able to negotiate with Iran and ultimately bring a halt to their nuclear program.
International reaction so far has overwhelmingly favored Clinton’s performance within the debate, with the majority of snap polls already declaring the Democrat the winner.