Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said the Obama administration has reduced America’s generals to “rubble” and insinuated that he would fire some if he is elected as president in November.
Trump’s harsh criticism of the military came during NBC News’ televised “Commander in Chief Forum,” during which he and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton squared off on the issues. Both candidates faced tough questions about their judgment and experience and gave voters an idea of what to expect during the upcoming debates.
The Republican candidate, who was criticized for his vague policy proposals, claimed to have a private blueprint for defeating ISIS and stated that he would give military leaders 30 days to deliver a plan after taking office.
Trump suggested that when he sought advice from military leaders, “they’d probably be different generals.”
“Under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, I think the generals have been reduced to rubble,” said Trump. “They have been reduced to a point where it’s embarrassing to our country.”
Trump reiterated his praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin, stating that he has “great control over his country.”
The GOP candidate also suggested that he was open to giving illegal immigrants serving in the military a path to legal status.
“I think that when you serve in the armed forces, that’s a very special situation,” he said. “I could see myself working that out.”