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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage to speak at a rally Thursday, June 2, 2016, in El Centro, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)
June 02, 2016 - 7:42 PM

SAN DIEGO - The Latest on Hillary Clinton's speech on national security (all times PDT):

7:35 p.m.

Donald Trump is calling Hillary Clinton's foreign policy speech a "hit job" against him.

Trump, speaking at a rally in San Jose, California, Thursday night hours after Clinton's speech, says the Democratic front-runner's address was "phoney."

The presumptive Republican nominee is also joking that it was "hard to stay awake" during the speech and says Clinton would make a lot of money if she delivered speeches to insomniacs.

Clinton's speech, which was also delivered in California, was a brutal broadside against Trump, who she said is "temperamentally unfit" to be president.

He is also railing against Clinton's use of a homebrew email server, which has become the subject of a federal probe. He says, "Hillary Clinton has to go to jail."


4:45 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is continuing her efforts to draw contrasts with Donald Trump by stressing her support for immigration reform in a California town close to the Mexico border.

Clinton says, "We have to unify our country." She is criticizing the tone of Trump's campaign, saying: "We shouldn't be insulting one another. We should be looking for common ground wherever we can find it."

Clinton was addressing an enthusiastic crowd at an event centre in El Centro, California.

She says Trump can't improve lives, keep people safe or unite the country. And she says she is "really looking forward to debating him."


4:26 p.m.

Bernie Sanders is trying to wedge his way into the debate over foreign policy between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The Vermont senator says in a statement that he agrees with Clinton that Trump's foreign policy ideas are "incredibly reckless and irresponsible."

But Sanders is also calling out the former secretary of state for her past history in international affairs.

He says of his rival for the Democratic nomination, "we cannot forget that Secretary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq, the worst foreign policy blunder in modern American history."

He adds that Clinton has been a proponent of regime change, "as in Libya, without thinking through the consequences."

Clinton slammed Trump in a dramatic speech Thursday, saying electing Trump president would be a "historic mistake" for the United States.


2:03 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is continuing her attacks on Donald Trump after her foreign policy speech in San Diego.

She told about 50 supporters during a visit to a campaign office in San Diego Thursday that in the speech, she was "listing all the reasons why Donald Trump should never get near the White House and even I was getting nervous."

Clinton thanked the enthusiastic crowd and urged them to get people out to vote in the California primary on June 7. Democratic rival Bernie Sanders is fighting her for the state's 475 delegates that will be divvied up on Tuesday.

She says "It's so important for us to finish strong here in California."


12:52 p.m.

Donald Trump hitting back at Hillary Clinton via Twitter after a speech that eviscerated his plans for America's foreign policy.

The presumptive Republican nominee says this of his likely Democratic rival: "Bad performance by Crooked Hillary Clinton!"

He adds: "Reading poorly from the teleprompter! She doesn't even look presidential!"

Clinton argued in her speech Thursday that Trump lacks the temperament and experience to be president. She says electing the billionaire businessman would be a "historic mistake" for the United States.

But Trump says the former secretary of state and likely Democratic nominee "no longer has credibility" due to "too much failure in office."

He says, "People will not allow another four years of incompetence!"


12:40 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says electing Donald Trump president would be a "historic mistake" for the United States.

The likely Democratic nominee for president is casting Trump as thin-skinned, irrational and unprepared to be commander in chief.

She says his vision for America is "all wrong." She is urging voters to remember that the U.S. is a "big-hearted, fair-minded country."

Clinton's comments came in a foreign policy speech that held her most blistering criticism to date of the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

The remarks signal that Clinton won't hold back in challenging the billionaire businessman's readiness to be president in the general election.


12:38 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's call to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States would be a "huge propaganda victory" for the Islamic State.

She also says that when Trump "insults" Muslims, as well as Mexican Americans, he should remember that Muslim and Mexican-Americans serve in the U.S. military. She says the presumptive Republican nominee could learn from those service members.

Clinton is delivering one of her most blistering takedowns of Trump during a foreign policy address in California. She said of Trump's vague proposals: "This isn't reality television — this is actual reality."


12:32 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is defending the landmark nuclear accord with Iran championed by President Barack Obama and other world powers.

Donald Trump has criticized the diplomatic agreement aimed at dismantling Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing global economic sanctions.

Clinton challenges the presumptive Republican nominee to answer how he would deal with Iran in the absence of a nuclear deal.

Trump has argued that his experience negotiating business deals would have allowed him to strike a better deal with Iran and has also said he would have walked away from a bad deal.

Clinton says that while that might work in negotiating a golf course deal, "it doesn't work like that in world affairs."


12:23 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says the next president must bolster America's security by investing at home and sticking together with longtime U.S. allies.

The likely Democratic nominee says she would invest in infrastructure and seek to reduce income inequality, arguing the U.S. can't lead effectively when so many of its own people are struggling.

Seeking to draw a sharp contrast with Donald Trump, Clinton says the U.S. must also maintain strong partnerships with its allies.

The presumptive GOP nominee has raised the prospect of the U.S. leaving NATO and has said allies must contribute more financially to security agreements with the U.S.

Clinton says that if Trump gets his way, the U.S. will be increasingly isolated and countries like Russia will be "celebrating."


12:07 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump is "temperamentally unfit" to be president and argues the presumptive Republican nominee is peddling foreign policy proposals that are "dangerously incoherent."

Clinton is lambasting Trump in a speech on international affairs she's delivering in California.

She seeks to undermine the billionaire businessman's qualifications by casting him as someone who "doesn't understand America or the world."

The former secretary of state and likely Democratic nominee says she is offering a "smart and principled" foreign policy that centres on keeping America in a leading role around the globe.

She contrasts that with Trump's vision of a "fearful America" that she says would be less secure and less engaged in the world.


3:21 a.m.

Hillary Clinton will unleash a major foreign policy attack on Donald Trump Thursday, using a speech in San Diego to cast the Republican as unqualified and dangerous.

The former secretary of state, who has repeatedly called Trump a "loose cannon," will seek to contrast her foreign policy experience with Trump's. Foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan said Clinton would make clear how high the stakes are in the race, as well as share her "larger vision" of what this country is all about.

Sullivan said Clinton will make clear why Donald Trump is unqualified to be commander in chief.

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