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"The way she talks about, 'I can handle men, you know, who get off the reservation,' I think it's a very demeaning statement," Trump said

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Donald Trump knocked Hillary Clinton’s use of the phrase “off the reservation” Monday, saying that Native Americans found it offensive, and sought to rebut her claim that she’s got a good track record handling unruly men.

He also claimed he would be a better candidate for women voters than Clinton, and is the most qualified candidate running for the White House.

“The way she talks about, ‘I can handle men, you know, who get off the reservation,’ I think it’s a very demeaning statement,” Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day.” “Now I won’t even bring up the fact that the Indians have gone wild on that statement. You know that, OK. The Indians have said that that statement is a disastrous statement, and they want a retraction. I’m not going to get into that.”

Clinton had told CNN’s Jake Tapper last week: “I have a lot of experience dealing with men who sometimes get off the reservation in the way they behave and how they speak.”

Hours later, the Clinton campaign’s political director Amanda Renteria walked back Clinton’s use of “reservation,” a term she said had “some very offensive roots” to Native Americans.

“About the use of an expression today that has some very offensive roots… Divisive language has no place in our politics,” Renteria tweeted.

She added, “@HillaryClinton meant no disrespect to Native Americans. She wants this election to be about lifting people up, not tearing them down.”

Trump said Clinton’s record doesn’t show a history of handling men “that get off the reservation,” but when pressed by Cuomo he offered no details.

The businessman also touted his candidacy as the one that best represents the interests of women voters.

“Look, women want strength. They want security. They want to have strong military,” he said. “They want to know that our country is being protected. They want to know about women’s issues, women’s health issues. I’m going to do a better job for women than Hillary can do.”

And Trump argued that he is more qualified to be president than Clinton – a former senator and secretary of state – and that her “results are terrible.”

“I have tremendous experience dealing very successfully with other countries. Hillary Clinton dealt with other countries, too. And one thing I give her credit for, she did a lot of traveling,” he said. “But look at the results. Syria, Benghazi. Look at her results. All of those results are terrible. I’ve made a fortune going out of this country. I’ve made tremendous amounts of money dealing outside of this country.”