Hillary Clinton rebuked Republicans and defended NATO in a counter-terrorism speech following the deadly March 22 attacks in Brussels.
The Democrat leader’s comments contrasted sharply with those of her Republican counterparts, namely Donald Trump, who proposed reducing US commitments to NATO.
Hillary Clinton said the United States should consult more closely with its Arab partners and maintain its position with Europe in times of need.
“Our European allies stood with us on September 11. It’s time to return the service. ” she said.
“America must not turn its back on its allies” Hillary Clinton said in a speech at Stanford University in California that insulting them is not a good way to fight terrorism.
The former secretary of state has called on Donald Trump to restore the use of torture and waterboards to gather information from those accused of terrorism.
“I am proud to have been part of an administration that banned torture,” Hillary Clinton said.
The deadly attacks in Brussels, which killed 34 people, are “the latest brutal reminder” that there must be more to defeat the ISIS militant group, she said.
The United States and Europe need to look more closely at airport security protocols and other “soft targets” that ISIL may attack.
Hillary Clinton also said that the proposal in Congress to establish a national encryption commission could help fight online radicalization.
Tennis Sen. Ted Cruz has suggested that after the attacks in Brussels, police patrol Muslim neighborhoods to fight terrorism, and also suggested “carpet bombing” ISIL in Syria.
Hillary Clinton called his proposal “wrong, counterproductive and dangerous” and that it would be similar to “treating American Muslims as criminals.”
Donald Trump said it was acceptable to kill the families of terrorists and that the United States should not allow Muslims within its borders.
Hillary Clinton said of Donald Trump’s foreign policy views: “If Mr. Trump does it, it will be like Christmas in the Kremlin.”