AFP – Reacting to Donald Trump’s call for NATO to do more to fight terrorism, the alliance’s secretary-general said NATO has long made fighting terrorism a top priority.
Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Tuesday in Slovakia: “NATO has been focused on the fight against terrorism for many, many years and it’s not a result of the US election campaign.”
He recalled that NATO activated its collective defense clause known as Article 5 for the first and only time to come to the aid of the United States after the 9/11 attacks.
He said: “Thousands of soldiers from European allies and Canada have been in Afghanistan as a direct result of the attacks on the United States.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton said she’s feeling good after the debate and is looking forward to the next two match-ups with Trump.
The Democratic presidential candidate said the debate showed “clear differences” between the candidates’ temperaments and qualifications for the presidency.
House Speaker Paul Ryan praised Trump’s debate performance, saying he showed he can “go toe-to-toe with Hillary Clinton.”
Ryan said Trump “gave a unique Donald Trump response to the status quo… I think he passed a number of thresholds.”
Despite Ryan’s positive spin, some other House Republicans voiced some disappointment over Trump’s performance. Some said there were missed opportunities to attack Clinton over her family foundation and other issues that didn’t come up in the debate.
Congressman Bill Flores of Texas says Trump “wasn’t quite as consistent as I would’ve liked him to have been.”
In a separate development, Clinton’s probability of winning the White House got a modest bump in online betting markets on Tuesday, a day after the debate.
The price for a contract favoring Clinton on the popular PredictIt betting market was up 2 cents from Monday’s post-debate closing and implied a 68 percent probability that she would win the Nov. 8 election.
Although during the debate Clinton was as high as 70 percent, her Monday night closing of 66 matched the highest closing number since her health took a stumble on Sept. 11.
A pro-Trump contract on Tuesday indicated his probability for victory was 34 percent.

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