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Trump: Hillary Clinton has “Killed Hundreds of Thousands of People”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on December 3, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

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Donald Trump said on Sunday that Hillary Clinton “killed hundreds of thousands of people with her stupidity” when she was secretary of State. Talking to Fox News in an interview that was taped Friday, Trump seemed to blame Clinton for the Syrian Civil War and the rise of ISIS.

“She is the one that caused all this problem with her stupid policies,” Trump said. “You look at what she did with Libya, what she did with Syria. Look at Egypt, what happened with Egypt, a total mess. They don’t back—we don’t back any of our allies. You look, she was truly, if not ‘the,’ one of the worst secretary of states in the history of the country. She talks about me being dangerous. She’s killed hundreds of thousands of people with her stupidity.”

Fox News host Chris Wallace seemed a bit skeptical about the claim: “What do you mean she’s killed hundreds of thousands?” The real estate mogul didn’t back down: “She was secretary of State. Obama was president. The team,” Trump said. “Two real geniuses.”

Trump also increased his criticism of Ted Cruz, who has a 10-point lead over Trump in Iowa, according to a recent poll. “I don’t think he is qualified to be president,” Trump said of the Texas senator. “I don’t think he has the right temperament. I don’t think he’s got the right judgment. When you look at the way he has dealt with the Senate, where he goes in there like a, you know, frankly, like a little bit of a maniac—you are never going to get things done that way.”