Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE said Thursday she believes President Trump and some of the people who surround him "pose a clear and present danger" to the U.S. 

"I'm hoping that on the really big issues there's enough authority to be able to restrain and contain the president. That's what we all have to hope because I think this president and some of the people around him pose a clear and present danger to our country," Clinton told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

"Domestically to our institutions of democracy, our self governance, our rule of law. Internationally in so many ways because of the unpredictability, the fact that there is no strategic plan, there's just a reactive, emotional, visceral kind of behavior," she said. 

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In the interview promoting her new book, Clinton argued that it is imperative for Trump's staff to "contain" him due to consequential decisions he will have to make as president.

"I think going forward, any effort to try to contain him, which I know some in the White House and in the broader administration have been trying to do, is especially important when it comes to consequential decisions," she said.

Clinton's comments come after The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump called Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants DOJ wades into archdiocese fight for ads on DC buses Overnight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector MORE an "idiot" and said he should resign during a meeting in May after learning that Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to lead the probe into ties between his campaign associates and Russia.

Sessions reportedly prepared a resignation letter after the meeting, but Trump declined to accept it on the advice of aides.

The former Democratic presidential nominee claimed that Trump's treatment of Sessions is part of a strategy to make Sessions more dependent on the president. 

"Whatever [Sessions] could do, delivering that speech about DACA only to have Trump a few days later say, 'Hey, just kidding we're going to do something to keep these young [people] in our country,' " she said, referring to the administration's announcement last week that it would rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"It's all part of his manipulation, that is who he is, that is how he behaves," she said of Trump.

Trump publicly slammed Sessions in July on Twitter and in an interview, saying he would not have chosen Sessions to serve as attorney general had he known he would recuse himself from the federal probe into ties between his campaign and Russia.