— -- Hillary Clinton shook her head in disbelief when asked what she thought about Donald Trump agreeing to do an interview that was broadcast on Russian state television.
"You know, every day that goes by, this just becomes more and more of a reality television show," Clinton said after a national security briefing. "It's not a serious presidential campaign. And it is beyond one's imagination to have a candidate for president praising a Russian autocrat like Vladimir Putin."
"So, can I say I was surprised? I'm not sure anything surprises us any more, but I was certainly disappointed that someone running for President of the United States would continue this unseemly identification with and praise of the Russian president, including on Russian television," she said.
Clinton was referencing an interview that Trump had with Larry King on his podcast "PoliticKING with Larry King," which is licensed for television distribution to various channels, including RT America, a version of Russia Today, which is a state-run channel.
The Democratic presidential nominee stressed the importance -- and bipartisan support behind -- the seriousness of leadership on foreign policy and national security issues during this campaign.
"We're living in challenging times and that certainly was reinforced by the excellent discussion we had today," she said after meeting with a bipartisan group of national security experts.
"No one who wants to assume the responsibility of being president and commander-in-chief should be making the kind of reckless and dangerous statements and identifying with a regime that has some aggressive tendencies toward our interests, our values, our friends and allies," she said, taking another dig at Trump.