Trump on Clinton: 'Now I'm going to say she's not qualified'

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFormer US envoy: No good military options against North Korea Trump official and TV surrogate leaving White House: reports Biden: I regret not being president MORE on Thursday picked up a recent spat between the Democratic candidates and said he thinks Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonDemocrats step up calls that Russian hack was act of war Comet Ping Pong shooter pleads guilty Time for 'J. Edgar' Comey to take his leave MORE is not qualified for the presidency. 

At a rally in Harrisburg, Pa., Trump said he would like Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders says he will introduce 'Medicare for all' bill Sunday shows preview: Aftermath of failed healthcare bill Michael Moore warns Dems: Now is not the time to gloat MORE to continue his battle with Clinton over the Democratic presidential nomination.

“He’s been tough on her,” he said. "In fact, I’d like him to keep going. The longer he goes the more I’m going to like it.”

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Trump then rehashed a recent clash between the two Democrats over qualifications, first saying that he thinks Clinton is qualified for the job and then switching posiitons. 

"[Sanders] said she suffers from bad judgement and she said — now I don’t know, I think she’s qualified, I guess. But that doesn’t mean she’s good," Trump said. "He said she’s not qualified to be president. Now what he meant is because her judgement is so bad — so Bernie Sanders, not me, said she’s not qualified. So now I’m going to say: She’s not qualified, OK?"

“We have all of the mistakes Hillary made as secretary of State," Trump continued. "We have a mess. The war in Iraq has been devastating. We have probably spent $4 trillion in the Middle East.”

But Trump said he would prefer facing Clinton in a general election because of her past political subterfuge.

“Now Bernie’s over, I guess,” the Republican presidential front-runner said. "It’s over for Bernie. I don’t want to run against Bernie. I want to run against crooked Hillary Clinton. We are going to beat her so badly. Is there anyone more crooked than this woman?”

Clinton defeated Sanders in New York’s Democratic presidential on Tuesday, dealing his Oval Office bid a major blow.

She leads Sanders by just over 1 point nationwide but boasts 741 delegates more than her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Clinton’s delegate total includes 1,428 delegates and 502 superdelegates, versus Sanders’s 1,151 delegates and 38 superdelegates. At least 2,382 delegates are needed for avoiding a contested Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.