Washington: Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said her Republican rival Donald Trump has created an "embarrassing international incident" by visiting Mexico and this proves that he is temperamentally unfit to be America's commander-in-chief.
"In just a few hours he managed to turn his trip to Mexico into an embarrassing international incident. He even got into a Twitter war with the President of Mexico and then he delivered his most hate-filled hard lined speech yet, doubling down on his absurd plans to send a deportation force to round up 16 million people to deport them. You can't make this stuff up can you," she said.
"When you see what he has said and done in this campaign. When you see that he can't even go to a foreign country without getting into a public feud with the president, I think the answer is clear. Donald Trump does not have the temperament to be our commander-in-chief."
Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has been highly critical of Mexico. He has called for a wall to be built on the border that would be paid for by Mexico. Trump said at a joint news conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto that they did not discuss who would pay for the wall.
Pena Nieto later on Twitter said that he made it clear Mexico would not pay for the wall.
"He came out saying one thing and the Mexican president contradicted him almost immediately," Clinton told ABC News in an interview in an apparent reference to the contradictory statements between Trump and Nieto after their meeting last week.
"He didn't raise it, so he did choke. He didn't know how to even communicate effectively with a head of state. And I think that's a pretty clear outcome from that trip," Clinton said and described Trump’s visit as unfortunate.
Clinton’s vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine also joined the interview.
Kaine said it is "impossible to believe" that funding for the wall was not discussed.
He characterised this as a "rookie mistake" by the Republican nominee.
"You shouldn't leave the safety of America and our diplomacy in the hands of a rookie who, on his one visit with a foreign leader, has already created kind of an international embarrassment for us," Kaine said according to the excerpts of the interview.
Clinton replied in negative when asked if she plans to travel to Mexico City.
"I'm going to continue to focus on what we're doing to create jobs here at home, what we're doing to make sure Americans have the best possible opportunities in the future," she said.
First Published On : Sep 6, 2016 13:28 IST