You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Clinton says Trump is not qualified to be president

USA TODAY USA TODAY 20/05/2016 Eliza Collins

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waits to speak at a get out the vote event at La Gala in Bowling Green, Ky., Monday, May 16, 2016. © Andrew Harnik, AP Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waits to speak at a get out the vote event at La Gala in Bowling Green, Ky., Monday, May 16, 2016.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t think that Donald Trump is qualified for the White House.

“He is not qualified to be president of the United States,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo Thursday. “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.”

While Clinton often questions the presumptive Republican nominee’s statements and policies, this is the first time she’s flat-out said he is unqualified.

Earlier this month MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked her if she thought Trump was qualified and she danced around.

 "He has given no indication that he understands the gravity of the responsibilities that go with being commander-in-chief," Clinton responded.

Clinton said Thursday that Trump’s comments and policies make it harder for other countries to work with the United States on combating terrorism. She also said that extremist groups are using him as a recruitment tool.

"We have seen how Donald Trump is being used to essentially be a recruiter for more people to join the cause of terrorism," Clinton said. 

Her comments came the same day an Egyptian Air plane carrying 66 people crashed and Egyptian authorities said it was more likely terrorism than a technological error. Trump tweeted early Thursday morning about the crash. 

“We obviously agree with Bernie Sanders that Hillary Clinton isn’t qualified to be president,” Stephen Miller, a Trump senior adviser, said on CNN following the interview with Clinton. Miller then rattled off a list of what he saw as failed policies under Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton. 

Clinton also told CNN that the Democratic nomination fight is over.

At one point Cuomo prefaced a question by saying “if you’re the Democratic nominee —,” but Clinton cut him off.

“I will be the nominee for my party, Chris. That is already done. In effect, there’s no way I won’t be,” she said before citing her “insurmountable delegate lead.”

The Sanders campaign didn't like Clinton trying to shut down talk of the nomination and sent out a statement Thursday afternoon. 

“In the past three weeks voters in Indiana, West Virginia and Oregon respectfully disagreed with Secretary Clinton. We expect voters in the remaining eight contests also will disagree," Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' spokesman Michael Briggs said in a statement. "And with almost every national and state poll showing Sen. Sanders doing much, much better than Secretary Clinton against Donald Trump, it is clear that millions of Americans have growing doubts about the Clinton campaign.”

More From USA TODAY

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon