Trump: US generals have been 'reduced to rubble'

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump campaign paid thousands to pro-Trump TV pundit’s firm: report Intel Dem suggests Trump Jr. had more undisclosed meetings, phone calls OPINION | Gorka: America is back with the first 6 months of Trump 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 sends well wishes to McCain: 'Cancer doesn't know what it's up against' John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer House votes to streamline pipeline reviews MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonOPINION | Gorka: America is back with the first 6 months of Trump Poll: 1 in 8 people who voted for Trump say they wouldn't do it again Dems see huge field emerging to take on Trump 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.”