He said the US should focus on defeating the so-called Islamic State rather than convincing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stand down.
Mrs Clinton has been proposing a no-fly zone over Syria, which some say could lead to conflict with Russian jets. Trump insists that Clinton’s plan to control Syrian Airspace would lead to World War III. “You’re going to end up in World War Three over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton,” Mr Trump said.
“You’re not fighting Syria any more, you’re fighting Syria, Russia and Iran, all right? “Russia is a nuclear country, but a country where the nukes work as opposed to other countries that talk.”
He also suggested Mrs Clinton would be unable to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin after her sharp criticism of him.
Mr Trump questioned “how she is going to go back and negotiate with this man who she has made to be so evil” if she is elected president on 8 November. Mr Trump also attacked Republicans for not uniting behind his candidacy.
“If we had party unity, we couldn’t lose this election to Hillary Clinton,” he told Reuters news agency at Trump National Doral golf resort in Miami, Florida.
However, the Clinton campaign accused Mr Trump of “playing to Americans’ fears”. It dismissed the criticism, saying both Republican and Democratic national security experts have denounced Mr Trump as unfit to be commander-in-chief.
“Once again, he is parroting Putin’s talking points and playing to Americans’ fears, all while refusing to lay out any plans of his own for defeating ISIS or alleviating humanitarian suffering in Syria,” Clinton spokesman Jesse Lehrich said.
According to the BBC, Mr Trump’s warning of confrontation with Russia echoes concerns raised last month at a congressional hearing by the highest-ranking military officer in the US armed forces.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Marine General Joseph Dunford told lawmakers a “no-fly zone” in Syria could spell war with Russia.
“Right now, senator, for us to control all of the airspace in Syria it would require us to go to war, against Syria and Russia,” Gen Dunford told the Senate Arms Services Committee.