NBC News chief defends Matt Lauer

Later, Trump did say that he had faith in the military, just not under Clinton's leadership. "Trump lies, he blatantly lies, and Matt Lauer moves on", he said.

She had gone to NBC News' military issues town hall in NY better prepared than Trump and armed with warnings from top GOP national security players that a Trump presidency would destabilize America's national defense. She said her vote to authorize the Iraq War was a "mistake", then vowed: "We are not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again and we are not putting ground troops into Syria".

She added, "He trash talked American generals, saying they'd been, quote, 'reduced to rubble.' He suggested he would fire them, and replace them with his hand-picked generals".

Both candidates have been seeking endorsements of military leaders and when asked how he would go about seeking guidance from them to defeat the Islamic State, Trump said "they'd probably be different generals, to be honest with you". Trump denied the implications in his tweet that the only way to solve the rape issue was to remove women from the military. The New York City real estate mogul said that Putin has been a president more than Obama has been and this has also earned his respect.

Questions about Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State have dogged her throughout her presidential campaign, and Wednesday, the issue came up yet again. There was one thing that shocked me, what I did learn is that our leadership, Barack Obama, did not follow what our experts and our truly when they call it intelligence, it's there for a reason, what our experts said to do. "I find it frustrating, but it's part of the landscape we live in".

272-a-16-(Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state, Democratic presidential nominee, in broadcast of Commander-in-Chief Presidential Forum)-"were moving forward"-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says she is proud that she helped lay the groundwork for the historic global nuclear deal with Iraq".

Some of those Republicans will join Clinton Friday for what she dubbed a "working session" on the threat of terrorism. Those attending the event include Michael Chertoff, who served as Homeland Security secretary under President George W. Bush.

Hillary Clinton pounced on Trump's performance at the event, escalating the battle between the two candidates with less than three weeks before they appear on stage together for the first time to debate. I wish the first time it was done correctly. While she may be referring to the 2011 military intervention specifically, the claim more broadly is not true.

Democrat Clinton has spent much of the summer trying to paint Trump as ill-prepared to be commander in chief and too unpredictable to make decisions that put American service members in harm's way.

"Matt Lauer can take tough questions to very powerful people", he insisted, proving it with a clip.