Sen. Tom CottonTom CottonHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Republicans jockey for position on immigration The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ark.) says he'd rather see Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE in charge of America's military than Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE.

“I think he could be commander in chief,” he told host Willie Geist on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe."

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“He’s one of our leading candidates, and, as I said, any of our candidates right now would be a better commander in chief, they’d be a more serious leader for our country than Hillary Clinton is,” he added.

“[Clinton] has not only been the architect for Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGeorge W. Bush honors father at benefit for hurricane victims Dem senator: ‘I miss every one of’ our last 5 presidents All five living former presidents appear at hurricane relief benefit concert MORE’s foreign policy which has left the world aflame, but also shown such a casual disregard for the handling of sensitive national security secrets that I believe she’s disqualified from being commander in chief.”

Cotton said any Republican would make a better president than Clinton, the Democratic front-runner.

“There are more days ahead of us than there are behind us, so we don’t know who our nominee will be,” he said. "I know whoever that nominee is, though, will be more qualified to keep Americans safe than Hillary Clinton.

“She likes to portray herself as a safe, steady, experienced hand who’s ready to answer the 3 a.m. phone call. She got one of those once. It was called Benghazi. She slept through it. Four Americans died.”

Cotton slammed the ongoing feud between Trump and GOP presidential rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE over their wives, calling it a distraction from serious security issues.

“I would just say that I think Melania [Trump] and Heidi [Cruz] are both very successful, accomplished women,” he said.

“We should respect them as capable advocates for their husbands’ campaigns and leave it at that and then we can get serious. Americans want to know what their elected leaders are going to do to keep them safe.”

Cotton on Monday attended a meeting between Trump and various GOP lawmakers past and present in Washington, D.C. He has not yet endorsed a Republican presidential contender.