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Donald Trump unqualified to know nuclear codes, says US Vice president

India TV News Desk Washington 16 Aug 2016, 9:10:40 AM IST
India TV News Desk

US Vice President Joe Biden launched an unbridled attack on Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump alleging the billionaire of playing into the hands of Islamic State by his anti-Muslim rhetoric.

"Trump's ideas are not only profoundly wrong, they're very dangerous and they're very un-American. You know, they reveal a profound ignorance of our constitution," Biden said.

"It's a recipe for playing into the hands of terrorists and their propaganda," Biden said at an election really in Pennsylvania where he campaigned for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee.

At one point, Biden noted there is an aide who follows him at all times with the nuclear launch codes should it be necessary for him to use them if Obama were not able to.

"He is not qualified to know the code!" Biden said of Trump, calling him "totally unqualified" to be president. "He can't be trusted!"

"No major party nominee in the history of the United States of America ... has known less or been less prepared to deal with our national security than Donald Trump, and what absolutely amazes me, what absolutely amazes me, that he doesn't seem to want to learn it," Biden said in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, as he campaigned with Hillary Clinton for the first time.

"Last year, ISIS's top leader who we had been tracking since we got Bin Laden, his name is Al-Baghdadi and he revealed the goal of ISIS, he just said it straight out. You can go on their website," Biden said.

He said their goal is to, quote, "compel the crusaders to actively destroy the gray zones themselves," meaning anywhere where Christians and Muslims live, he calls a gray zone. He said the objective is to actively destroy that gray zone," he said.

"Muslims in the west, he says, will have to quickly find themselves between two choices. Either apostatize or emigrate to the Islamic state and thereby escape prosecution. How does he make the case? By pointing out that no Muslim is welcome in the west," Biden said.

"Last week he stood in front of a crowd in Florida and said President Obama founded a terrorist organisation, ISIS," he said as he described this as an outrageous statement.

"But let me tell you why it's a dangerous statement. Why - as he might say, the bad guys are listening. Yesterday, the head of Hezbollah, a terrorist organization, Iran's top terrorist surrogate, and a direct threat to our ally Israel, repeated Trump's claim in the entire Muslim world and - I mean, around the world, that President Obama founded ISIS," he said.

Trump, he alleged, is already making the country less safe.

"He has said, "Hillary hasn't forgotten more about  American foreign policies than Trump and his entire team will ever understand."