Ayotte won’t answer on Trump’s ability to serve as commander in chief

  • Sen. Kelly Ayotte visits Hypertherm, a New Hampshire based manufacturer, in Lebanon on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Ayotte, who is running for re-election, has no plans to attend the Republican National Convention in Ohio this week. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

Associated Press
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte won’t give a clear answer on whether she thinks Donald Trump would be a steady commander in chief.

The New Hampshire senator was asked Monday about Trump’s readiness to be president following bombings over the weekend in Manhattan and New Jersey. Officials are increasingly saying they appear to be acts of terrorism.

Ayotte is up for re-election against Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. Ayotte says she will vote for Trump but is not endorsing him.

Asked specifically about Trump, Ayotte told reporters she’s been “disappointed” with President Obama’s foreign policy. She also said it’s “important to address these threats.”

Asked again about Trump, Ayotte said: “Well I think that whoever’s elected president, we’re going to trust them with all the responsibilities of commander in chief, absolutely.”

Hassan said it’s clear Trump is unfit to lead the country’s military.

“I agree with national security and military experts from Senator Ayotte’s own party who have said that Donald Trump poses a danger to America’s national security and is completely unfit to serve as president,” Hassan said, “and yet Ayotte continues to support Trump for Commander-in-Chief and is willing to give him access to the nuclear codes.”