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Trump said in a previous interview Clinton doesn't have a "presidential look"

NBC's Lester Holt asked Trump to clarify what he meant

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Donald Trump reiterated his view that Hillary Clinton “doesn’t have the stamina” to be president during Monday night’s debate.

“She doesn’t have the look. She doesn’t have the stamina, I said she doesn’t have the stamina, and I don’t believe she does have the stamina,” Trump said.

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The debate moderator, NBC’s Lester Holt, asked Trump to clarify what he meant when he said earlier this month that his Democratic rival didn’t have “a presidential look.”

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“I just don’t believe she has a presidential look, and you need a presidential look,” Trump had told ABC News’ David Muir in an interview.

Clinton responded: “As soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee he can talk to me about stamina.”

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Clinton, the first woman to be nominated as a candidate for a major political party in US history, pointed out Trump pivoted from saying she doesn’t look like a presidential candidate to saying she doesn’t have the stamina.

“He tried to switch from looks to stamina, but this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs,” Clinton said in response to Trump.

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Trump defended the comments, which he said were about Rosie O’Donnell.

“I said very tough things to (O’Donnell), and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her,” Trump said. “But you want to know the truth, I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, ‘I just can’t do it.’ “