Hillary Clinton speaks to the media before boarding her campaign plane at the Westchester County airport in White Plains, New York, September 19, 2016. (Reuters)
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has accused her Republican rival Donald Trump of helping the Daesh terrorist group recruit more militants.
Trump’s anti-Islam rhetoric has endangered US national security, Clinton told reporters in White Plains, Westchester on Monday following the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey.
On Sunday night, a device exploded near a train station in New Jersey as an FBI bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot. Another bomb placed in a garbage can in Seaside Park exploded on Saturday.
Also, a bomb exploded in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City on Saturday night and injured 29 people.
Police officers and firefighters respond to an explosion on Sept. 17, 2016, at 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.
In another incident on Saturday night, a knife-wielding attacker, dressed in a private security uniform, went on a rampage at a mall in Minnesota and stabbed 8 people before being gunned down by an off-duty police officer. Daesh claimed responsibility for the stabbing attack.
Trump called for police profiling of people who come from Muslim countries after the incidents.
Clinton said that "a lot of the rhetoric we've heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, in particular ISIS (Daesh), because they are looking to make this into a war against Islam.”
“The kinds of rhetoric and language Mr. Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries.”
She branded the business mogul as a “recruiting sergeant for the terrorists,” saying that she was the only candidate who could fight terrorism as she was experienced in this regard.
In response to Clinton’s remarks, Trump said that Clinton had “emboldened terrorists” as secretary of state.
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 17, 2016. (Reuters)
“They are hoping and praying that Hillary Clinton becomes president – so that they can continue their savagery and murder,” Trump wrote in a Facebook post.
On Monday, police arrested the man suspected in the weekend bombings after a shootout. 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami was outside a bar in Linden, New Jersey when police found him.
Rahami was shot by police and taken to a hospital in Newark, where he was undergoing surgery.