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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump declares ‘You’re fired!’ at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire. | REUTERS

Washington-The Orlando attack has deepened the gap between the two U.S. presidential candidates who instead of going towards national unity, had opted for criticizing each others’ counterterrorism programs.

At the start of a speech he delivered Monday in Manchester in the New Hampshire state, Republican candidate Donald Trump rushed to attack President Barak Obama and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by blaming both democratic leaders for their loose immigration policies.

For her part, Clinton delivered a speech using the spirit of the post September 11 attacks in 2001 by saying: “Today is not a day for politics.” Speaking following the Orlando attack, Clinton presented her plan to face terrorist threats by criticizing her opponent, Trump, who had suggested closing the doors in the face of Muslims, without naming him.

In his speech in Manchester, Trump had said: “When I become president, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or allies.”

Clinton said in a speech she delivered in Cleveland in Ohio: “The Orlando terrorist may be dead. But the virus that poisoned his mind is very much alive.” Clinton also pledged to continue to advocate for gun reform, calling for a ban on guns and rifles used by shooters in their deadly attacks. “There is no place for guns in our streets,” she said.