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Clinton pre-empts Trump: He would be disastrous for economy

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds up a Donald Trump brand tie (R) made in China and a U.S. made Knotty Tie made by the company in Denver August 3, 2016.
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Hillary Clinton sought to pre-empt Donald Trump's economic policy speech Monday, with her top advisers criticizing his economic plans as a "Disaster for the U.S. Economy."

Ahead of Trump's planned address at the Detroit Economic Club, Clinton's campaign put out a press release and video raising questions about the New York tycoon's business record and his ability to steer the American economy as it continues to recover from the Great Recession.

"The core of Donald Trump's economic plan involves reckless tax cuts that will add trillions to the debt to benefit the wealthy, Wall Street, and big corporations," Clinton policy advisers Jake Sullivan, Maya Harris and Jacob Leibenluft wrote in the release. "Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to lead — and would tear our country apart with his dangerous ideas, divisive rhetoric, and history of harming hardworking Americans."

The campaign also posted a video Sunday criticizing "Trumponomics" for plans that it claimed would increase the national debt and lower wages while providing tax cuts for the wealthy.

In his speech Monday, Trump will reportedly call for lower taxes on parents paying child care and a temporary moratorium on new regulations, among other proposals.

The ability to manage the U.S. economy remains one of Trump's strengths in the eyes of voters, and a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found Trump leading Clinton on "Dealing with the economy" by 4 points, despite Clinton's overall 9-point lead.

Clinton's campaign sought to paint Trump's plans as extreme and unrealistic, writing in the release that his "only big idea for infrastructure has been his fantasy of a border wall." It added: "Trump has campaigned for over a year without presenting any real plans to help working families make ends meet."

A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Clinton will deliver her own economic policy speech this Thursday, also in Detroit.

—Reuters contributed to this report.