The presidential candidate Donald Trump has portrayed as “a major national security risk” now is telling supporters that “security” is the “chief” reason to defeat Trump.
Hillary Clinton, whose record as secretary of state includes the Benghazi attacks in which four Americans died, lambasted Trump Monday during a closed-door fundraiser.
“There are a number of reasons to defeat Donald Trump, but chief among them is security,” Clinton said, after attacking Trump’s proposal for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. Although the $2,700-per-person fundraiser was closed, the audio of Clinton’s remarks could be heard well outside the house where the event was held.
Trump was the only candidate mentioned by name. The Republican presidential front-runner has spoken often about Clinton’s security shortcomings.
“Hillary Clinton is a major national security risk. Not presidential material!” he tweeted back on Jan. 29.
However, the greatest issue facing Clinton on security is not Trump’s tweets, but the lingering investigation into the Benghazi attacks of 2012.
” … there is no debate that security was inadequate in Benghazi. Four Americans died. Even the State Department Accountability Review Board report that many Republicans say is a whitewash is unsparing in its portrait of Washington’s indifference to the crumbling security situation. The report said the security posture was ‘grossly inadequate’ to deal with the attacks,” summarized The Washington Post.
Additionally, Clinton is under investigation for her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Critics have said her use of a non-secure server allowed hostile nations the opportunity to hack into her emails, and that she inappropriately used a non-secure network to send out emails containing some of America’s most closely-held secrets.
“It absolutely represents a security threat,” said Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. “There’s about 1340 emails that we know of so far that had classified information whether it be sensitive classified or top secret. There’s been a lot of conversation about the SAP, special access program, information that’s also included. It’s been referred to as ‘above top secret’. It’s not above top secret, it’s a special compartmentalized top secret information that only certainly individuals should be able to see this information. So yes, it is a major risk to have this kind of information outside of a government server.”
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.