Hillary Clinton obliquely criticized Donald Trump’s surprise foray into foreign affairs on Wednesday, saying in a speech to the American Legion in Ohio that building alliances and coalitions takes more than a “photo op.”Watch the full speech above.
Clinton said she believes in American exceptionalism, unlike her rival, and that America’s unique economic and military might gives the nation a special responsibility to lead in the world. Chief among the country’s responsibilities is to honor commitments made to allies, she argued, referencing the coalition that is currently fighting ISIS.
“It’s more than a photo op, it takes consistency and reliability,” Clinton said of forming alliances. “Actually it’s just like building personal relationships. People have to get to know that they can count on you—that you wont’ say one thing one day and something totally different the next.”
This was an apparent reference to Trump’s hastily arranged trip to Mexico on Wednesday. The Republican nominee had only announced the visit the night before. He is set to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto ahead of a Wednesday night speech in Phoenix, Ariz., clarifying his immigration policy.
Clinton also appeared to reference Trump’s years of trash-talking Mexico and its government, which he has accused of intentionally sending criminals over the U.S. border.
“And it certainly takes more than trying to make up for a year of insults and insinuations by dropping in our neighbors for a few hours and then flying home again. That is not how it works,” she said.