Washington: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has accused his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of spending lavishly on wasteful activities at the State Department, including sending three comedians to India.
In his speech 70-year-old at an election rally, Trump read out a list of alleged wasteful expenditure when Clinton was the Secretary of State in the first term of the Obama administration.
"Hillary Clinton's State Department wasted hundreds of millions of your hard-earned taxpayer dollars on a wild spending binge. Here are some of the shocking revelations about Hillary's spending habits," he said.
Prominent among those include USD 5.4 million on a no-bid contract for Crystal Stemware; USD 167.5 million on cost overruns at the Embassy in Kabul; over USD 200 million on mostly unused police training facilities in Iraq; USD 79,000 to buy copies of President Obama?s books; USD 53,000 to polish marble at the Brazilian Embassy; USD 6,30,000 to try to make State Department Facebook pages more popular and USD 2,16,000 to hire an event planner for a 4th of July party in Madrid.
Trump also listed State Department spending USD 88,000 to send three comedians to India among wasteful expenditure.
"The elites in government like Hillary Clinton believe they are entitled to do whatever they want. Hillary Clinton has never earned an honest dollar in her life ? she lives the high life at your expense, making money off the rigged system,"he alleged.
The Republican presidential nominee said that he is running to put a stop to the theft of American prosperity.
"I'm running to put an end to the corruption. I'm running to expose the crimes of our ruling class, and to give this country back to the middle class. Hillary pushes trade deals, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that enrich her donors and strip the jobs out of your community," he said.
"She wants to raise your taxes, even as she used those taxes to spend lavishly on wasteful projects at the State Department," he said.
"This is an election between the small handful of people who benefit from the corrupt system, and the great majority of American citizens who are the victims of that corruption. Those who benefit from the corruption will say and do anything to keep change from happening," Trump said.
Trump alleged that the Clintons left the White House dead broke, and now they're worth over USD 200 million.
"They didn't create anything, produce anything, invent anything ? all they did was sell favors, sell access, and sell out the American worker," he said.
"Hillary even sold out our nation's security with her illegal private server ? knowing full well it would put you and your family in danger. As moms across this nation put their children to bed each night with a prayer for safety and peace, Hillary was knowingly putting those same families at risk by putting our confidential secrets on an illegal private server," he said.