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June 1, 2016 (San Diego) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner in the presidential campaign, is slated to make a”major national security address” this Thursday, June 2nd in San Diego’s Balboa Park.  Clinton is set to appear at 11:30 a.m. at The Prado, her campaign announced today.

“Clinton will rebuke the fear, bigotry, and misplaced defeatism that Trump has been selling to the American people. She will make the affirmative case for the exceptional role America has played and must continue to play in order to keep our country safe and our economy growing,” he campaign said in a statement.

Clinton has accused Trump of  lacking a”basic understanding of world affairs” as well as failing to outline a coherent foreign policy strategy and being “temperamentally unfit to serve as our commander in chief.”

When asked by MSNBC who he consultant on foreign policy, Trump stated, “…my primary consultant is myself and I have a good instinct for this stuff."

By contrast,ForeignPolicy.com reports, Clinton has amassed a brain trust of several hundred experts to advise her on foreign policy.

Clinton unquestionably has the most extensive foreign policy experience of any candidate, as a former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady. 

Critics however have faulted her judgment on some foreign policy decisions, such as voting for the first Iraq War without adequate plans in place to maintain the peace, enabling ISIS to fill the void. Senator Sanders voted against the Iraq War. Trump has accused Clinton of botching operations in Libya.

According to Clinton’s website, as Secretary of State she “worked to restore America's leadership in the world, after it was badly eroded by eight years of the Bush administration's go-it-alone foreign policy. Her tenure is marked by significant accomplishments, from building a global coalition to impose crippling sanctions against Iran, to brokering a ceasefire in Gaza and protecting Israel, to supporting President Obama's decision to bring Osama bin Laden to justice” and more.

Clinton has said she aims to keep America safe by “leading with principle”and defending core American values, defeating ISIS and global terrorism and the ideologies that drive it, as well as strengthening alliances and nurturing new relationships to tackle shared challenges such as climat4e change, cyber threats and diseases.

This will be Clinton’s first campaign stop in San Diego, where her husband, former President Bill Clinton, visited last week.  Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump held a rally here last Friday and Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s Democratic rival, has held several rallies locally.

Yesterday, Clinton’s campaign got a boost with the endorsement of California Governor Jerry Brown as the June 7 California primary approaches.


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