Another day, another Donald Trump controversy -- sometimes even two.
Trump came under fire Monday for comments he made about post-traumatic stress disorder during a panel discussion for the Retired American Warriors PAC in Virginia.
When asked how he would address PTSD among veterans, Trump replied that while some vets are “strong,” others “can’t handle it.”
“When people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over and you're strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can't handle it," Trump said.
The Republican presidential nominee then called for better mental health care for veterans.
“It’s one of the things that I think is least addressed and one of the things I hear most about when I go around and talk to the veterans,” Trump said. “When you hear the 22 suicides a day – that should never be.”
Some were quick to criticize Trump on Twitter for his comments on PTSD.
"@realDonaldTrump As a Veteran with PTSD, I'm stronger than you could ever be," tweeted @KevinPlantz.
"My husband served this country honorably," tweeted @birdgirl1001. "He has #PTSD. #Trump has officially crossed the line for me and my family."
Chirlane McCray, first lady of New York City, and Department of Veterans' Services Commissioner Loree Sutton issued a joint statement saying Trump is “ill-prepared” to address the needs of veterans.
“The implication that individuals struggling with PTSD are somehow weak is completely unfounded,” the statement said. “His comments come at a crucial time when our returning service members and their families are all too often hesitant to reach out for mental health services precisely because they fear being judged. Trump’s callous remarks reinforce this deadly stigma and wound the pride of all who have donned the uniform on behalf of our great nation."
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a Trump adviser on military issues, said in a written statement that the candidate's comments were taken out of context "in order to deceive voters and veterans."
Marine Staff Sgt. Chad Robichaux, whose question at the event prompted Trump's statement, said the critical reaction was "sickening" and accused others of manipulating Trump's words.
"I took his comments to be thoughtful and understanding of the struggles many veterans have," said Robichaux, an Afghanistan combat veteran who has been diagnosed with PTSD.
Neither the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nor the campaign for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, immediately returned requests for comment.
The Trump campaign on Monday was also dealing with a “notice of violation” issued to the Trump Foundation by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schniederman’s office, which alleges the charity is not properly registered in the state.