Hillary Clinton and her campaign sought to fan the flames around Donald Trump on Thursday after the Republican nominee asserted that U.S. “generals have been reduced to rubble” and suggested that some top military officials need to be booted.
The former secretary of state convened a rare press conference on the tarmac of West Plains, New York, and proceeded to lash her rival for bad-mouthing the military.
Let me be clear. Last night was yet another test, and Donald Trump failed yet again,” Clinton said, before taking a few questions. “We saw more evidence that he is temperamentally unfit and unqualified to be commander in chief. He trash talked American generals, saying they'd been, quote, 'reduced to rubble.' He suggested he would fire them and replace them with his handpicked generals.”
Trump’s rubble remark came during NBC’s commander in chief forum, a sort of debate dry run that put the candidates on stage for back-to-back half hours, answering questions on national security from “Today” show host Matt Lauer.
Trump, who followed Clinton, as usual refused to detail any part of his plan to combat the Islamic State, arguing that divulging military plans would put the U.S. at a strategic disadvantage.
Clinton's campaign was eager to jump into the news Thursday morning after last night's forum, looking to have the last word on foreign policy by addressing reporters before taking off for a campaign stop in North Carolina.
“He attacked dozens of former flag officers by saying that, quote, ‘we've been losing for a long time,’” Clinton said at her press conference Thursday morning. “That's how he talks about distinguished men and women who have spent their lives serving our country, sacrificing for us. That's how he would act as commander in chief.”