On Wednesday night NBC’s biggest name, Matt Lauer, hosted a one-hour program in which Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were asked questions about their abilities to serve as Commander-In-Chief.   The candidates were on stage at separate times for one half-hour each.  The audience was filled with veterans.

Hillary Clinton was pounded with questions about her email scandal.  She maintained the argument that she did not use the private email server to spread classified information.

Perhaps the most controversial statement from the former secretary of state was when she said, “America did not lose a single person in Libya.”  Her statement ignores the 4 Americans lost in Benghazi.

As for Trump, he was pounded with questions about his steadiness and judgement.  The NBC host, who is a supporter of Clinton’s, pressed Trump on his hard-hitting tweets and off-the-cuff comments that are considered by many as unbecoming of a president.  Trump explained that the manner in which he handled himself during the primary season is not the way he would handle matters as president, and as proof pointed to his recent meeting with the president of Mexico.

Perhaps the most interesting exchange between Lauer and Trump came when the GOP nominee was asked to comment about the two security briefings he’s received.  Trump said that he was concerned to learn that President Obama is ignoring many of the strategies and advise he is getting from military experts about fighting the war on terror.

On the downside, a few of Trump’s answers lacked substance and he drifted a few times. Most of Hillary’s answers were long-winded and monotone.  On the upside, Trump came across as a likable and credible candidate.  Clinton on the other hand came across as stiff — never once did she smile.  Trump remained sitting when answering questions from the audience, Clinton stood.  Overall, both candidates appeared to be comfortable and well prepared.


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