Ex-CIA boss backs Clinton, calls Trump a security risk
“Mr. Putin played upon Mr. Trump’s vulnerabilities by complimenting him,” wrote former CIA deputy director Michael Morell in a New York Times op-ed. “In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr.Putin had recruited Mr Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”
A self-identified nonpartisan who has worked under both Republican and Democratic governments, Morell called Clinton “highly qualified” to lead the US, having worked with the Democratic nominee when she served as secretary of state.
“Clinton is highly qualified to be commander in chief,” Morell wrote. “I trust she will deliver on the most important duty of a president - keeping our nation safe.” “Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security.” The ex-intelligence chief also said Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from entering the US “clearly contradicts the foundational values of our nation” and “plays into the hands of the jihadist narrative that our fight against terrorism is a war between religions.” The Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States on counterterrorism grounds.
Clinton surges to 15-point lead
Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has gained a whopping 15 per cent national lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump, according to a latest poll. Due to the recent gaffes made by Trump after the conclusion of two back-to-back conventions last week, Clinton now has the support of 48 percent of the potential voters as against Trump’s 33 percent, a new McClatchy-Marist poll said. The poll conducted by Marist Institute for Public Opinion in New York said last month Clinton’s lead was 42-39 advantage over Trump. “This is coming off the Democratic convention, where a bounce is expected,” Lee Miringoff, director of the institute said.