HERNDON, VA (WCMH/CNN/AP) — Donald Trump suggested American soldiers and veterans who commit suicide do so because they can’t handle the post-traumatic stress of war.
Trump made the statement while during a panel interview at the Retired American Warriors PAC, in Herndon, Virginia.
“When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of folks in this room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it but a lot of people can’t handle it. They see horror stories, they see events you couldn’t see in a movie, nobody would believe it,” Trump said Monday.
The Trump campaign did not immediately return a request for comment Monday.
Later during the discussion, Trump went after Clinton’s commitment to fighting cybersecurity threats and pointed to her use of a private, email server when she served as secretary of state.
He said Clinton’s handling of classified emails on the server makes her “totally unfit” for the Oval Office. He said he would make cybersecurity an “immediate and top priority.”
“To truly make America safe, we must make cybersecurity a major priority — which I don’t believe we’re doing right now — for both government and the private sector,” Trump said. The Republican nominee was to hold two rallies in Colorado later Monday, and his campaign said he would accuse Clinton of using the State Department and the Clinton Foundation to enrich her family.
CNN and The Associated Press contributed to this report.