Donald Trump is again pushing back on rival Hillary Clinton's assertion that his rhetoric serves as a recruiting tool for Islamic State militants.
Trump told a rally crowd Tuesday: "I'm being tough. How is that a recruiting tool?"
He was speaking at High Point University in North Carolina.
The Republican presidential nominee said it's Clinton whose policies as secretary of state allowed the militant group to rise.
He says that ISIS "happened on Hillary Clinton's watch," and added: "the rise of ISIS is Hillary Clinton's foreign policy legacy." ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State group.
At a rally later Tuesday, in Kenansville, North Carolina, Trump predictfed Clinton will copy his language and policy on national security at next week's debate.
He said Clinton "is all of a sudden going to get tough."
The Republican nominee said Tuesday that his Democratic rival will call for "strong borders" and "extreme vetting," the term he uses for screening prospective immigrants.
Clinton has called for an increase in the number of refugees the Obama administration currently allows to seek asylum in the United States from war-torn countries like Syria. She supports a strong vetting program.
Trump wants to stop the refugee program. He called it "a Trojan horse" for terrorists.