White House candidates turn up the heat over national security

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks along side retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mike Flynn during a campaign town hall meeting in Virginia Beach, VirginiaBy Steve Holland and Jeff Mason VIRGINIA BEACH, Va./TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – The U.S. presidential campaign’s focus shifted to national security on Tuesday as Republican Donald Trump pledged to help female veterans during a Virginia Beach campaign stop, and with Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine set to deliver a related speech in North Carolina. Trump, speaking at the event in Virginia, a state with a large military population, began with a pledge to help female veterans if he wins the Nov. 8 election and also said he would work with Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, to “solve the problem” posed by the Islamic State militant group. “Putin looks at Hillary Clinton and he smiles,” Trump said of the Democratic presidential nominee.

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