Trump, Clinton offer few plans for Syrian mess lying ahead

Republican Donald Trump publicly broke with his running mate, Mike Pence, on how to deal with the civil war in Syria in comments during Sunday's United States presidential debate that exposed further tensions within their campaign.

Moderator Martha Raddatz pressed Trump on the issue of how to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, Syria.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate, in St. Louis, Oct. 9, 2016.

"As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump", Pence said.

"If Russia chooses to be involved and continue, I should say, to be involved in this barbaric attack on civilians in Aleppo, the United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike military targets of the Assad regime to prevent them", Pence said during the debate with Virginia Sen. But the more important takeaway from Sunday night's presidential debate is that Trump doesn't grasp the basic facts of the situation, doesn't understand the history of the conflict and doesn't seem curious enough to figure it out.

Noting that he and Pence had not spoken about the issue, Trump said the U.S. focus should be on eliminating the Islamic State, and not getting entangled in fights with Assad and Russian Federation.

Pence's campaign did not reply to a request for comment by The Associated Press on Trump's disagreement with Pence's statement.

Trump said dealing with the troubles in Syria has to start with getting rid of the Islamic State (ISIS). "I simply never said that". You know, every time we take rebels, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere else, we're arming people.

The U.S. military, however, has concluded that a no-fly zone would require ground troops, whether in Syria or in bordering nations. "Isn't it much like the holocaust, when the USA waited too long before we helped?" "I don't think he would be listening to you very much anymore".

"Russia hasn't paid any attention to ISIS".

Clinton advocated during the debate confronting both ISIS and the Assad regime through training rebels, creating no fly zones and allying with Syrian Kurds.

Trump has also said that he would support the creation of a safe zone inside Syria, but only financially.

Trump also used his response to advocate for a stronger USA nuclear weapons program.

"Obama draws the line in the sand", Trump continued Sunday.

For her part, Hillary Clinton said she would not use ground forces in Syria.

Donald Trump touched the question of Russian Federation a lot less, but did accuse of Russian Federation of having "gone wild with their nuclear program". The US government has warned Russian Federation that it's killing civilians there rather than terrorists.

As Raddatz tried to tell Trump his time was up, Trump insisted on continuing with a string of falsehoods about what is happening in Syria.

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