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Sweden's former defense minister favors Clinton for US President

Published tisdag 19 april 2016 kl 11.33
Karin Enström: It does matter
(5:36 min)
Then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, pictured during a visit to the Swedish island of Vaxholm in 2012, along with Sweden's then-Minister for Defense, Karin Enström of the conservative Moderates. Photo: Maja Suslin / TT
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Then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, pictured during a visit to the Swedish island of Vaxholm in 2012, along with Sweden's then-Minister for Defense, Karin Enström of the conservative Moderates. Photo: Maja Suslin / TT
Karin Enström served as Sweden's defense minister from 2012 to 2014. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT.
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Karin Enström served as Sweden's defense minister from 2012 to 2014. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT. Credit: HENRIK MONTGOMERY / TT

Of the candidates running in the US Presidential election, Karin Enström, Sweden's former defense minister and current MP with the conservative Moderates, told Radio Sweden that she would most like to see Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office.

"Our party, we used to be a little bit connected with the Republican party, but that's really not the case anymore. We're quite different," Enström told Radio Sweden from the studio at Parliament, adding, "If you look (at) values, I would say that it would be Mrs. Clinton who would be the most favorable in this race."

Nevertheless, Enström said that so far, she still has not found a candidate who embraces free trade and Ttip.

Enström expressed concern about a possible Donald Trump presidency, in part because she feels it is very unclear what his foreign policy would entail. Trump has argued that he does not want adversaries to know what he is really thinking.

But Enström insisted that taking a clear position is vital:

"When it comes to foreign and security policy, it's extremely important that you are clear and very evident in what your priorities are, both for your own constituencies but also your neighboring countries and the rest of the world, especially if you represent the biggest military power in the world, the United States."

Brett Ascarelli

Our journalism is based on credibility and impartiality. Swedish Radio is independent and not affiliated to any political, religious, financial, public or private interests.
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