Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton engaged in a back and forth on the economy on Tuesday.
The bantering began when Clinton called Trump’s economic policies and private-sector practices “reckless and wrongheaded”, warning he could “bankrupt” the country if elected.
“In America, we don’t begrudge people being successful, but we know they shouldn’t do it by destroying other people’s dreams,” Clinton said, according to The Wall Street Journal. “We cannot put a person like this, with all his empty promises, in a position of power over our lives. We can’t let him bankrupt America like we are one of his failed casinos.”
In a 45-minute speech in Ohio, the presumptive Democratic nominee also warned that Trump’s tax plan would give trillions of dollars in tax relief to the wealthy while running up the national debt.
“Of course, Donald himself would get a huge tax cut from his own plan,” Clinton said. “But we don’t know exactly how much because he won’t release his tax returns.”
Trump wasted no time in firing back, tweeting responses while Clinton delivered her remarks and mocking her over the scandal involving her private email server while she served as Secretary of State.
He deemed the Democratic candidate “corrupt, dangerous and dishonest” and, while Clinton derided Trump’s past claim that he’s “the king of debt,” he responded that he would employ a different strategy as president.
“I am ‘the king of debt. That has been great for me as a businessman, but is bad for the country. I made a fortune off of debt, will fix U.S.,” he tweeted.
“How can Hillary run the economy when she can’t even send emails without putting entire nation at risk?” Trump said mockingly in reference to the email scandal.
He added he would discuss Clinton’s “failed policies and bad judgment” in a speech Wednesday.
The two candidates have recently upped the ante in their attacks of one another as they prepare for the November presidential election.
A poll released Monday found that broad support from women and minority voters has helped Clinton open an early lead over Trump nationally.
The poll came a week after the Orlando shooting attack, following which Trump doubled down on his call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration and also criticized President Barack Obama for failing to name Islamic extremism as being responsible for the attack by Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS).
The poll found that 70 percent of Americans oppose Trump’s proposed barring of Muslims from entering the country, and 52 percent would like to see a ban on assault weapons such as the one used by the terrorist in Orlando.
A Reuters/Ipsos survey from Friday actually found that Trump was chipping away at Clinton's lead in the presidential race, showing that Clinton had a 10.7 point lead among likely voters over Trump.