The alternative option to Trump and Clinton struggled with foreign policy questions
While most of the media coverage of the US presidential election has focused on the tussle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson made a bit of a blunder when trying to establish himself in the race.
When interviewed on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", Johnson was asked what he would do about Aleppo if he was elected. His response: "And what is Aleppo?"
Panelist Mike Barnicle, who asked the question, clarified the situation indicating that Aleppo was the centre of the current problems in Syria. Once Johnson heard the country, he replied: "Okay, Got it. Well, with regard to Syria, I do think that it’s a mess.”
“I think the only way that we deal with Syria is to join hands with Russia to diplomatically bring that at an end but when we’ve aligned ourselves with — when we have supported the opposition, the Free Syrian Army, the Free Syrian Army is also coupled with the Islamists, and then the fact that we're also supporting the Kurds and this is, it's just a mess. And this is the result of regime change that we end up supporting and, inevitably, these regime changes have led to a less safe world,” he added.
However it didn't take long for Hillary Clinton to stick the boot in:
Clinton on Gary Johnson’s Aleppo gaffe: “You can look on the map and find Aleppo” https://t.co/RcHWjfUviq— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 8, 2016