WASHINGTON, U.S. - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said Hillary Clinton's policy on Syria could trigger World War III. "What we should do is focus on ISIS. We ...
• If we listen to Clinton, we're going to have World War III: Donald Trump
• Trump cities Obama's 2008 remarks when asked about rigged election
• Although she's not voting, singer Adele endorses Clinton
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said Hillary Clinton's policy on Syria could trigger World War III.
"What we should do is focus on ISIS. We should not be focusing on Syria," Trump said in an interview with Reuters. "You're going to end up in World War III over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton."
According to Trump, Clinton's plan for a more aggressive posture in Syria to bring the conflict there to an end and combat Islamic State will only draw the United States into a larger war.
"You're not fighting Syria anymore; you're fighting Syria, Russia and Iran, all right? Russia is a nuclear country, but a country where the nukes work as opposed to other countries that talk," he stated
The Democrat presidential candidate has proposed a no-fly zone over Syria, which some say is not the solution as it could spell conflict with Russian jets in the region.
A U.S.-enforced no-fly zone would mean the U.S. could shoot down a Russian jet in case it enters Syrian airspace. U.S. President Obama is also not in favor of this move.
The businessman-turned-politician also suggested Clinton would be unable to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin after her sharp criticism of him.
"How she is going to go back and negotiate with this man who she has made to be so evil" if she is elected president, he asked.
Trump, has not laid out his own strategy for dealing with the Syria crisis should he become the next president, which has killed hundreds of thousands and left millions homeless.
"Assad is secondary, to me, to ISIS," Trump told Reuters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom the United State government says must step down.
The Clinton campaign slammed Trump for his views.
"Once again, he is parroting Putin's talking points and playing to Americans' fears, all while refusing to lay out any plans of his own for defeating ISIS or alleviating humanitarian suffering in Syria," Clinton spokesman Jesse Lehrich said in a statement.
Trump cites Obama’s remarks to reiterate rigged election claim
The Republican nominee continues to repeat his claims that the elections could be rigged or stolen from him, citing Obama's comments in 2008. "Ask Obama. Tell him to look at his tape when he was running eight years ago," Trump said when asked by reporters.
“This guy is such a phony guy, he added. “What a phony. What a phony group.”
Trump was referring to campaign footage from 2008 that has resurfaced from the video vaults of C-SPAN, shot at Kent State University just days after the future president accepted the Democratic nomination.
Asked that day if the presidential election could be "rigged or stolen" by Republicans, Obama replied, "Well, I'll tell you what," he said, “it helps in Ohio that we've got Democrats in charge of the [voting] machines!"
"But, look, I come from Chicago. So I want to be honest: It is not as if it is just Republicans who have monkeyed around with elections in the past. Sometimes Democrats have too."
“Whenever people are in power,” Obama said then, “They have this tendency to try to, you know, tilt things in their direction."
Obama, who has been campaigning aggressively for Clinton, previously advised Trump to “stop whining” with regard to claims of a rigged election while speaking to the press at the White House on October 18.
Adele endorses Clinton
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton took a break from her hectic campaigning schedule to attend a concert by singer Adele. In between songs, Adele announced her support for Clinton.
“I am English, but what happens in America affects me too,” Adele told the audience, according to a Clinton campaign aide.
She added, “Don’t vote for him. ... I can’t vote, but I am 100 percent for Hillary Clinton. I love her, she’s amazing.”
Colin Powell to vote for Clinton
Former secretary of state Colin Powell, a prominent Republican, intends to vote for Hillary Clinton.
He announced his plans to a Long Island group during a luncheon.
Despite being from the rival party, Powell has supported a Democratic candidate over his party’s nominee for the third election. In 2008 and 2012, Powell, who served under George W. Bush, endorsed Barack Obama for president.
The endorsement of Clinton comes despite the somewhat strained relationship between the two.
Meanwhile, Trump might find himself short of cash in the final stages of his campaign as according to reports, the Republican will not be holding anymore fundraising events. His team, however, has denied the reports, calling them "completely misleading."
Most of the money raised through Trump Victory goes to help the Republican Party implement an effective ground game and a get-out-the-vote effort and to help candidates down the ballot.