Trump bulks up attacks on Dems over defense, rural issues
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Making a call to "reject globalism and put America first," Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, lambasted Obama for allowing America's military to shrink, specifically noting that the White House's 2017 budget includes a 25 percent cut in defense spending from 2011 levels.
 
"We face threats as never before, but the Obama-Clinton administration is determined to keep shrinking our military," he said. 
 
"That’s probably because President Obama has said he thinks the greatest threat we face is global warming." 
 
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Military spending in 2011 included ground forces in Iraq, and the Obama administration pulled most of its troops out in December of that year. 
 
By contrast, Trump argued, the White House's policies had helped to "expand" Iran's military by paying the country millions as part of the Iran nuclear deal. 
 
And he accused Clinton, his Democratic opponent, of turning a blind eye to terrorism while her own pockets swelled, in what he labeled as a "pay-for-play" scheme involving the Clinton Foundation.
 
"Let’s also not forget that Hillary Clinton’s disastrous Middle East policies unleashed ISIS onto the world — a fact for which Hillary Clinton has expressed zero remorse. She will never be able to fix the [Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] problem that her policies created," he said. 
 
"Yet, as our military was depleted on Hillary Clinton’s watch, things turned out really well for her. The Clintons made $60 million in gross income while she was secretary of State, plus countless more to the Clinton Foundation. It’s called pay-for-play."
 
The scripted speech continued a recent trend for Trump, who has shifted to a more restrained rally style following this week's campaign shake-up. 
 
On Wednesday, Trump elevated pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager and Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon to campaign CEO. 
 
Bannon's penchant for conflict has worried establishment Republicans, who see his style as holding Trump back in the fight against Clinton. But so far, the new regime has led to Trump bucking his preferred free-wheeling style for scripted remarks that keep the focus on Clinton and Obama.
 
The GOP nominee is often criticized for vague promises and an unsteady handle on issues, especially when compared to the wonkish Clinton. Saturday, he bolstered his arguments with a figures-heavy speech that also touched on energy and agriculture.
  
Trump promised to eliminate the "destructive and invasive" Waters of the United States rule, which he argued is "so extreme it gives federal agencies control over creeks and small streams — even puddles — on private property."
 
He also listed statistics on the benefits of removing energy regulation, accusing the Obama administration of stifling job growth and economic output by enforcing regulation. 
 
Under Clinton, he said, it would be worse. 
 
"Hillary Clinton supports every last job-killing Obama regulation and wants to go even further," Trump said. 
 
"She wants to put the farmers out of business, just like she wants to put the miners and steel workers out of business."
 
Trump has slipped behind Clinton in virtually all of the recent swing-state polls. Even in states like Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, which have significant rural populations that could play into Trump's favor, he hasn't been able to close the gap.