Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is not only revelling in the latest batch of leaked Hillary Clinton emails from a WikiLeaks hack, but he is also reinforcing the words from one of her top advisers, calling the Democrats instincts "terrible."
"If they say that and they work with her all the time, why would we want her to be president?" Trump questioned on Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, a battleground state.
According to the Financial Times, Neera Tanden, who currently helps run the Clinton campaign transition team, was replying to an email from campaign chairman John Podesta.
Last year, Podesta wrote: "We've taken on a lot of water that won't be easy to pump out of the boat. Most of that has to do with terrible decisions made pre-campaign, but a lot has to do with her instincts."
In response, Tanden wrote: "Almost no one knows better than me that her instincts can be terrible."
Trump, who was making a pitch to African-American voters in North Carolina on Wednesday said, "This WikiLeaks is unbelievable.
"What we've learnt about her and her people. What they've said about her behind her back … According to John Podesta, Hillary Clinton has bad instincts."
To a mostly white audience, Trump added, "I wouldn't want my people saying those things. I wonder what they're saying. Is there some way we can check it out?"
According to the Financial Times, Clinton, who attended two rallies in Florida on Wednesday to encourage Latino Democrats to vote early, has not addressed the latest round of the WikiLeaks "stolen" emails and her campaign has accused Trump of being too close to Russia, who is blamed for the hacking of Podesta's email.
The Clinton campaign, according to the Times, also noted that Russia has in the past "doctored" emails.
While Clinton has avoided addressing the leaked emails, a new ABC News poll released Tuesday showed 60 percent of likely voters disapproved of the way Clinton was handling questions related to her use of a personal email.
In addition, many Democrats criticized Clinton for taking too long to deliver an apology on her email blunder.
In 2015 Tanden said to Podesta: "Her inability to just do a national interview and communicate genuine feelings of remorse and regret is now, I fear, becoming a character problem (more so than honesty)."
And, after Clinton said she was "sorry that this has been confusing to people," Tandem wrote to Podesta: "Apologies are like her Achilles heel."
According to the Financial Times, Clinton is expected to attend her first rally with First Lady Michelle Obama in North Carolina on Thursday, while Trump is scheduled to speak at three rallies in Ohio.
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