WASHINGTON (AP) — Updated coverage of Donald Trump addressing the Retired American Warriors political action committee Monday (all times EDT):

Updated 1:21 p.m.: Donald Trump is drawing criticism after he appeared to suggest that veterans who suffer from PTSD might not be as strong as those who don’t.

Trump made the reference Monday as he discussed his commitment to improving mental health services for veterans at an event held by the Retired American Warriors political action committee.

Trump said, “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 has often cited improving mental health services for veterans as a top priority of he makes it to the White House.

He says, “We are losing so many great people that can be taken care of if they have proper care.”

Updated 12:15 p.m.: Donald Trump says political correctness has run amok in the military, and “we’re going to get away from” that if he’s elected president.

At a forum with military leaders in Virginia on Monday, one questioner claimed that the “the forces of political correctness” and “social engineering,” ”like women in combat, transgender rights, and other issues” were adversely affecting the military.

“You’re right, we have a politically correct military and it’s getting more and more politically correct every day,” he said, adding that “some of the things that they’re asking you to do and be politically correct about are ridiculous.”

He said that, if elected, he’d leave such decisions to military leaders and follow their recommendations.

Trump did not directly address the issues of women in combat or transgender service.

Updated 11:05 a.m.: Donald Trump is telling a veterans group that the United States’ military is “depleted” and says he will expand the nation’s armed forces.

Trump made the pledge at a Retired American Warriors conference in Herndon, Virginia on Monday. He said the nation has become “more interested in protecting the criminals than we are in making sure that we’re strong.”

The U.S. remains the world’s foremost military power, though its equipment has aged. Trump did not unveil plans to pay for the expansion.

The Republican nominee also outlined his cybersecurity plan and vowed to harshly punish “those who violate classification rules.”

He repeatedly linked cybersecurity to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server — an opportunity he largely missed at last week’s debate.

Updated 10:40 a.m.: Donald Trump is stressing the need to bolster the nation’s cybersecurity efforts under “constant attack” from foreign powers.

Trump, speaking to a veterans group in Virginia, said he would order a thorough review of the nation’s computer defenses and warned against potential hackers from China, Russia and North Korea. He also vowed to form a joint federal task force, which would include the military, to crack down on hackers.

The Republican nominee also linked cyber vulnerabilities to the private email server used by his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

He said that Clinton’s “only experience in cybersecurity” was her “criminal” attempt to keep her emails hidden. The FBI director chastised Clinton for use of the server but did not recommend prosecution.


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