VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walked on the stage at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts with his daughter, Ivanka, Tuesday, making his second campaign stop in Virginia Beach within the past two months.
"We have to win," stated Trump. "Virginia is a very important state."
The conversation during the visit centered largely around veterans affairs, and included a sit-down question-and-answer session with retired lieutenant general Michael Flynn.
Flynn was someone whom Trump considered as a running mate before he selected Mike Pence.
The appearance came on a day when 88 retired generals and admirals endorsed Trump who wasted no time in attacking his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton.
"Look, she's a disaster on so many different levels," said the billionaire, who linked her to the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran.
"This was a deal that crooked Hillary Clinton, she wanted this deal," he told attendees.
On the domestic front, Trump discussed several topics including infrastructure, saying, "We have to get back to rebuilding our country because our country is going to hell."
The GOP candidate also brought up his signature issue: illegal immigration.
He stated that Clinton and President Obama put the interest of people entering the country illegally above those of service members.
"You have illegal immigrants that she wants and he wants treated better than veterans. These people are treated better than the people in this room. You know it," said Trump who has described himself as an advocate for veterans throughout this campaign.
Trump already is calling for increased funding for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and suicide prevention. Job training and placement services for veterans is another big push he is making. That includes incentives for companies hiring vets.
Trump also wants to reform the VA because of lingering health care access problems for veterans.
The Clinton campaign sent 13News Now a statement ahead of Trump's visit, saying he disrespects the country's veterans.
It says in part, "From attacking a Virginia Gold Star family, to firing employees because of their military service, to lying about donations to veterans' charities, or scamming them through Trump University, Trump has proven he's unqualified and temperamentally unfit to be commander-in-chief."
Clinton supporters call Trump "temperamentally unfit" to be POTUS, ahead of Trump's speech about veterans in VB. pic.twitter.com/rw4RzDZtsO— Eric Kane 13News (@13EricKane) September 6, 2016
Prior to Trump's appearance Tuesday, a group of veterans supporting Hillary Clinton were out in front of the Sandler Center, talking about how Trump is "temperamentally unfit" to be commander-in-chief.
"I had the tremendous privilege of commanding a squadron, a group and the biggest fighter base in the country, Nellis Air Force base out in Las Vegas," said retired colonel Dave Belote. "And you simply don't go up and yell and pound your chest and send derogatory tweets and belittle folks. You very calmly quietly build people up. He doesn't have the first bit of understanding of how to take care of military families and veterans."
Following the main appearance by Trump, he, his daughter, and former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani met with military spouses for a roundtable discussion.