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Clinton Says Trump's Foreign Policy Is "Dangerous"

| by Jordan Smith

Hillary Clinton has criticized President Donald Trump following his first foreign trip, arguing that his approach to foreign relations is "very dangerous."

Clinton was speaking May 31 at Recode's Code Conference 2017, according to the Daily Caller.

"I do think what he's doing is very dangerous to our position in the world, our leadership and the stability of the world," said Clinton, the Daily Caller reported. "When you give a blank check to the Russians and the Saudis, and others who are engaged in authoritarian and dictatorial regimes, you are sending a message -- 'We don't care what you do.' That message will be heard."

Clinton stated it was important not to forget democratic values, which she said had helped stabilize societies following the Second World War.

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"Now we weren't always able to control what others did, but we sure made it clear we didn't think it was a good idea to engage in invasions and mass murders and other things we see from Philippines to the Middle East," she added.

Clinton took up Trump's criticism of NATO member states for not spending enough on defense.

"When you turn on your allies and treat them with such disdain and contempt, our democratic NATO allies who have stood with us, who came to our aid after 9/11, you are sending a message that you don't care about history or even about the current problems that we face," said Clinton.

Clinton is not the only one to attack Trump over his performance in Europe and the Middle East.

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"President Trump's brash and condescending lecture to NATO leaders disrespected our closest allies and dishonored the common defense pact that has been a guarantor of global security for nearly seven decades," said Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Minority Leader, according to the Washington Times.

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey took Trump to task for his failure to raise human rights issues during his visit to Saudi Arabia.

But Trump was enthusiastic about the results of his trip.

"Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!" the president tweeted on his return, AOL reported.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, agreed.

"The trip was executed to near perfection, and it appears the president has made great progress on the broad range of objectives his team articulated to me when I met with senior White House and State Department officials during their preparations," Corker said, the Times reported.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was also broadly supportive, saying Trump had reassured Israel and had sent a "good message to Saudi Arabia."

Sources: Daily Caller, AOL, Washington Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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