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Donald Trump calls for congressional term limits

Continuing with his criticism of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Trump said the national security begins at the border

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (Reuters)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (Reuters)

Republican presidential nominee has said he will push to impose term limits on members of the US Congress if he is elected to the White House.

"If I am elected President, I will push for a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress," Trump said at an election rally in yesterday.

"Decades of failure in Washington, and decades of special interest dealing, must come to an end. We have to break the cycle of corruption, and we have to give new voices a chance to go into government service. The time for Congressional term limits has arrived," he said.

"Not only will we end our government corruption, but we will end the economic stagnation. My plan for the economy can be summed up in three simple words — jobs, jobs, jobs.

"At the centre of my historic jobs plan will be fixing our terrible trade deals," he added.

Trump's remarks in this regard came a day after he announced a series of measures to curb lobbying and corruption in the Congress and the US Government.

Continuing with his criticism of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Trump said the national security begins at the border.

"Speaking in secret to a foreign bank said her dream is for totally open trade and open borders. There are already a record 65 million people in the US who speak a language other than English at home. It's in their interest, and everyone's interest, to control immigration so past arrivals can integrate into society and join the middle class," he said.

"But, in a secret speech to Goldman Sachs, she said citizens who want to control immigration are Un-American. So Hillary thinks most of the country is either deplorable, redeemable, un-American, racist, or basement dwellers supporting Bernie Sanders," he added.

Trump claimed Hillary's plan includes an open border with the Middle East, meaning generations of radicalism and terrorism spreading and growing within our shores.

Alleging Clinton and her cronies have sacrificed the national security and safety as though it meant nothing at all, he said, "Hillary lied under oath to Congress saying she had never sent or received classified information on her insecure server and pretended not to know that the letter C meant confidential information that was classified".

"Hillary then told the FBI she couldn't remember 39 times, and then, in written testimony last week under oath, said she couldn't remember another 21 times," the New York-based billionaire said.

He claimed that this is an "elaborate criminal cover-up which included Clinton's deleting and bleaching of 33,000 emails, the disappearance of 13 phones, 2 boxes of email evidence gone missing, and the destruction of laptops in a secret deal with the FBI".

"This is many times worse than And we're going to put an end to it on November 8th. Another series of leaked emails show top officials in the Clinton campaign scheming to take massive sums of money from registered foreign lobbyists," Trump said.

Accusing the American media of being an "extension of the Clinton Campaign", he said they are trying to rig this election.

First Published: Wed, October 19 2016. 08:48 IST