Trump: US generals have been 'reduced to rubble'

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump reshapes the lower federal courts with little progressive scrutiny Trump regrets decision to fire Flynn: report Trump says tape bluff was to keep Comey honest MORE ripped the nation’s top brass to a room full of military veterans and active service members on Wednesday, calling the U.S. generals serving President Obama an embarrassment to the country.

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“The generals under Barack ObamaBarack ObamaObama put cyber weapons in Russian infrastructure that Trump can activate: report Trump questions special counsel Mueller's objectivity Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump tweetstorm on Russia probe | White House reportedly pushing to weaken sanctions bill | Podesta to testify before House Intel MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonClinton tells supporters to speak out against ObamaCare repeal bill Obama put cyber weapons in Russian infrastructure that Trump can activate: report Trump questions special counsel Mueller's objectivity MORE have not been successful,” the GOP presidential nominee said at a military-focused forum. “Under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton the generals have been reduced to rubble, reduced to a point where it is embarrassing for our country.”

NBC anchor Matt Lauer pressed Trump on the point, asking if he had lost faith entirely in the U.S. military.

Trump tempered his response to some degree in the follow-up.

“I have great faith in the military, great faith in certain of the commanders, but no faith in Hillary Clinton or the leadership,” Trump said. “She’s been there for 30 years, we need change, we have to have it.”