Trump camp tries to clarify his ‘I love war’ comment
Nick Gass, Politico, Sep 7 2016
Donald Trump’s campaign manager fired back Wednesday at an ad produced by the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Priorities USA taking on the Republican nominee’s fitness to be commander in chief. The 30-second ad, out Tuesday, is titled “I Love War.” It features Trump uttering the phrase, “I love war, in a certain way,” at a rally last November, and features snippets of him remarking that he “knows more about ISIS than the generals do” and calling “nuclear, the power, the devastation … very important to me.” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos remarked to Kellyanne Conway at the start of their interview on “Good Morning Pindostan.” Conway responded that what is actually “irresponsible” is “taking little, cherry-picking little snippets of what he said and not giving the full context of the sentence, let alone the speech.” Ripping into Clinton over her recent polling troubles, Conway said:
This woman was Sec State for four years. And I think the reason she’s struggling in the polls, part is because they aren’t really fond of that record and she will be held account for that record. She’s actually been in control of many aspects of our national security and our troops and our defense, and I think that given all of her advantages, including her super-PAC, including her campaign having spent over $200m, most in paid advertising, one wonders why is she not at 50& or 60% in the polls. Why isn’t she at 60% or 65% among women? Hillary Clinton has a Hillary Clinton problem.
Asked what Trump meant when he said “I love war,” Conway responded:
I’d have to see the entire snippet there, but obviously many commanders in chief have made the very difficult decision to go to war. You have Hillary Clinton as Sec State calling a Russia reset that didn’t work, she was wrong on Libya, she was wrong on Syria, she was certainly wrong on Benghazi.
Conway went on to say that she was “glad” Clinton has “come out of hiding … because people deserve a conversation with the candidates.” Touting Trump’s recent campaign events and endorsements, including the 88 retired generals and admirals who endorsed him Tuesday, and, Conway added:
You don’t just do ads against each other. And we do very few ads … he did a military preparedness town hall in Virginia, then he was in North Carolina and he got to talk to the voters directl