Trump: US 'wouldn’t be thinking about' going to Mars if Hillary won

President Trump slammed Hillary Clinton on Tuesday over the potential manned Mars mission.

Her name came up during Trump's address to the military members in San Diego.

"We are finally going to lead again. You see the rockets going up left and right. You haven't seen that for a long time," Trump said about the nation's space initiatives.

"Very soon, we're going to Mars. We wouldn't have been going to Mars if my opponent won. That I can tell you, you wouldn't even be thinking about it," Trump added.

The president's remark perplexed many considering NASA has been planning such a mission for years, and he didn't explain why Clinton would have been an impediment to that endeavor.

After more than a year since his victory in the 2016 election, Trump has continued to target Clinton in his public remarks and tweets.

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'Crooked Hillary,' 'Little Marco,' among Trump's favorite nicknames
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'Crooked Hillary,' 'Little Marco,' among Trump's favorite nicknames

Hillary Clinton

Trump's nickname: "Crooked Hillary"

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Trump's nickname: "Mr. Magoo"

(NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Steve Bannon

Trump's nickname: "Sloppy Steve"

Elizabeth Warren

Trump's nickname: "Pocahontas"

Former FBI director James Comey 

Trump's nickname: "Slippery James Comey"

(Photo by Ralph Alswang/ABC via Getty Images)

Kim Jong Un

Trump's nickname: "Rocket Man"

Chuck Todd 

Trump's nickname: "Sleepy eyes / sleeping son of a b---h"

(NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

Marco Rubio

Trump's nickname: "Little Marco"

Dianne Feinstein

Trump's nickname: "Sneaky Dianne Feinstein"

(Joshua Roberts / Reuters)

Ohio Governor John Kasich

Trump's nickname: "1 for 38 Kasich"

(REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

Bob Corker

Trump's nickname: "Liddle' Bob Corker"

NBC correspondent Katy Tur

Trump's nickname: "Little Katy"

(Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Chuck Schumer

Trump's nickname: "Cryin' Chuck / Fake Tears Chuck"

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

Trump's nickname: "Jeff Flake(y)"

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)

Trump's nickname: 'Wacky Congresswoman Wilson"

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)

Trump's nickname: "Little Adam Schiff"

(REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

Journalist Megyn Kelly

Trump's nickname: "Crazy Megyn"

(Mikhail Klimentyev\TASS via Getty Images)

The New York Times

Trump's nickname: "Failing New York Times"

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Trump's nickname: "Lyin' Ted"

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski

Trump's nicknames: "Crazy Joe Scarborough/Psycho Joe" and "Dumb as a Rock Mika"

(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo)

Jeb Bush

Trump's nickname: "Low energy Jeb Bush"

(REUTERS/Mike Blake)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Trump's nickname: "Crazy Bernie"

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Jim Acosta

Trump's nickname: "Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN"

(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

CNN 

Trump's nickname: "Clinton News Network"

(Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Former Sen. Al Franken

Trump's nickname: "Al Frankenstien"

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Democratic congressional candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th district Conor Lamb

Trump's nickname: "Lamb the sham'

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

'Good Morning America' anchor George Stephanopoulos

Trump's nickname: "Little George"

(Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)

Face The Nation

Trump's nickname: "Deface the Nation"

(Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

Former First Minister of Scotland  Alex Salmond

Trump's nickname: "Mad Alex"

(Photo by Chris Radburn/PA Images via Getty Images)

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Trump's nickname: "Crazy Joe Biden"

(REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

Former U.S. President Barack Obama

Trump's nickname: Cheatin’ Obama

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Last month, the president posted a tweet citing a Fox News segment.

"'He's got a very good point. Somebody in the Justice Department has a treasure trove of evidence of Mrs. Clinton's criminality at her own hands, or through others, that ought to be investigated. I fully agree with the President on that.' @judgenapolitano on @marthamaccallum Show," Trump wrote on Twitter.

During his recent address at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the crowd even brought back Trump campaign's "lock her up" chant when the president mentioned "crooked" candidate, in an apparent reference to Clinton.

"Boy, have they committed a lot of atrocities when you look," Trump said amid the chant. "Have they done things that are wrong."

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Hillary Clinton tweets since the election
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Hillary Clinton tweets since the election
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