Hillary Clinton tells CNN Donald Trump is not qualified to be president of the United States and she is, citing her role in the bin Laden raid decision-making process. In an interview Thursday with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Clinton said Trump's pattern of "irresponsible, reckless, [and] dangerous comments] make him unqualified for "the thinking that goes in sitting in the Situation Room."
Clinton was not asked for her to response to Donald Trump accusing her husband, former President Bill Clinton, of rape. She did, however, talk about Trump's attacks on her in general.
"He's started early and he's adopted the go ugly early mentality. Your response has been I'm not going there... are you concerned by ignoring the attacks they become more powerful?" Cuomo asked the former Secretary of State.
"I'm not because I think people can judge his campaign for what it is. I'm going to run my campaign. I'm not so much running against him as I am running for the kind of future that I think America deserves to have and that I believe I'm the best candidate to deliver," Clinton said.
"Do you ever compelled to defend your honor, the honor of your husband?" Cuomo asked Clinton.
"I know that that's exactly what he is fishing for. I'm not gonna be responding," Clinton said.
CUOMO: Let me ask you, do you think that Donald Trump is qualified to be president?
CLINTON: No. I do not. And I think in this past week, whether it's attacking Great Britain, praising the leader of North Korea, a despotic dictator who has nuclear weapons, whether it is saying pull out of NATO, let other countries have nuclear weapons, the kinds of positions he is stating and the consequences of those positions and even the consequences of his statements, are not just offensive to people, they are potentially dangerous.
CUOMO: How so?
CLINTON: Well, as I mentioned --
CUOMO: Politicians talk, Madame Secretary.
CLINTON: Well --
CUOMO: They say things, and then when they get in office, people believe nothing will be that different.
CLINTON: Well, when you run for president of the United States, the entire world is listening and watching. So when you say, we're going to bar all Muslims, you are sending a message to the Muslim world, and you're also sending a message to the terrorists, because we now do have evidence, we have seen how Donald Trump is being used to essentially be a recruiter for more people to join the cause of terrorism. So, I think if you go through many of his irresponsible, reckless, dangerous comments, it's not just somebody saying something off the cuff. We all misstate things and may not be as careful phrasing what we say.
This is a pattern, a pattern going on now for months. And it's a pattern that adds up, in my opinion, having watched presidents, having seen the incredibly difficult work that they do and the decisions that they have to make, the thinking that goes in sitting in the situation room, do we go after bin Laden or not, I was part of that. Was it a clear, easy choice? Of course not. Did it have to be carefully parsed and analyzed? And then we gave our opinions and up to the president to decide. I know how hard this job is. And I know that we need steadiness as well as strength and smarts in it. And I have concluded he is not qualified to be president of the United States.