WASHINGTON: Democrat Hillary Clinton on Sunday took a swipe at Republican rival Donald Trump’s stance on Brexit, saying that â€œbombastic commentsâ€ do more harm than good during such times.
Trump has hailed Britain’s vote to leave the European Union as â€œfantastic,â€ telling reporters during a visit to Scotland on Friday that he thinks the Brexit is â€œa great thingâ€.
Clinton, who was speaking to the US Conference of Mayors, did not mention Trump by name, but told city leaders that the United States should be governed by those â€œwho put the interest of the American people ahead of their personal business interestsâ€.
Trump was in Scotland for the ceremonial re-opening of his refurbished Trump Turnberry golf course.
America needs leaders â€œwho understand that bombastic comments in turbulent times can actually cause more turbulenceâ€, Clinton said. â€œAnd that’s why steady, experienced leadership is so important at times like these.â€
Trump, who has relied on populist fervor and anti-immigrant rhetoric in his presidential bid, has said Britain’s anti-EU movement had parallels with his own quest to become the US president.
Clinton acknowledged Sunday that â€œjust as we have seen there are many frustrated people in Britain, we know there are frustrated people here at home tooâ€.
But, she told the mayors who gathered in the midwestern city of Indianapolis, â€œno one should be confused about America’s commitment to Europe, not an autocrat in the Kremlin, not a presidential candidate on a Scottish golf courseâ€.
New polls released Sunday showed Clinton taking a lead in the presidential race.
According to a Washington Post-ABC News survey, 51 per cent of respondents said they would vote for Clinton, versus 39pc for Trump.
A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed a slimmer lead for Clinton with 46pc to Trump’s 41pc.