Trump: US generals have been 'reduced to rubble'

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA 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.

“The generals under Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map 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.”