According to the Guardian newspaper, Donald Trump made a half-hearted attempt to distance himself from Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, on Friday night at a rally in Florida, but aimed inflammatory comments at Iran and his political opponent Hillary Clinton.
He said Clinton could select someone in the Pensacola bay center, shoot him or her in the heart, and get away without prosecution. “She’s trigger happy,” he said. “I think she’s an unstable person.”
“She could walk into this arena right now and shoot somebody, with 20,000 people watching, right smack in the heart and still not be prosecuted,” he said.
Trump has previously spoken of his own ability to “shoot somebody” and not lose any voters.
He also vowed retaliation against Iran if its vessels harassed the US Navy.
“When they circle our beautiful destroyers, with their little boats and they make gestures at our people, that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water,” he said.
His comment follows reports last month that four Iranian military vessels sped close to a US navy guided missile destroyer with their weapons uncovered in the Strait of Hormuz in an “unsafe and unprofessional” encounter, according to a US defense official.