He also pledged to protect American soldiers: "To all those who have served this nation, I say: I will never let you down". She told the press that she was opposed to putting a "big contingent" of American troops in the two countries, rendering her pledge meaningless and suggesting that an open-ended intervention by significant numbers of United States ground troops was entirely possible.
No one who wants to run for USA president should identify with Russian President Vladimir Putin's regime, Clinton added. "I'm proud to support Secretary Clinton".
Pence also defended Trump's comments that "the generals have been reduced to rubble" under the Obama administration, responding to critics that interpreted those words to mean Trump was putting down the U.S. military. Trump has said far worse about President Barack Obama in appearances on USA broadcast networks. Each candidate was interviewed for about half an hour, but Clinton and Trump did not face each other at any time.
Putin may be giving Russians the leadership they want, but suggesting that this tells us anything useful about how a USA president should govern isn't just misguided, it's un-American.
Congressional Republican leaders sought to distance themselves from Trump's statements praising Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan took a different view on Trump following his comments on Wednesday.
A Wall Street Journal review of financial reports, of the three-month period starting in May when GOP nominee Donald Trump began actively raising campaign funds, shows Democrat Hillary Clinton with a big advantage among industry donors.
Trump, who has faced backlash from both parties in recent days for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, was interviewed by Larry King, a veteran American journalist whose show airs Thursday evenings on RT America, the usa partner of a network originally called "Russia Today".
Similarly, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on CBS that "nobody said it would be on Russian TV".
The opinion that Trump expressed above is hardly unique to Trump.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with "Today" show co-anchor Matt Lauer at the NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum held at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier Intrepid, New York, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. Trump, of course, is not really opposed to such methods and, if elected, would pursue them just as aggressively as Obama and Clinton. Putin's offenses against global law are small potatoes compared to the worldwide depredations of American imperialism.