Doubling down on criticism of the Clinton-Obama foreign policy, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a crowd gathered at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, rally on Wednesday that President Obama is the founder of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Stating “in many respects” the Islamist terror group honors Obama, Trump said:
“He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS! I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.”
Parroting comments he made one week previous, at a North Carolina rally on Tuesday, Trump cited Hillary Clinton as a “co-founder” of the militant group:
“If they gave a trophy for most valuable player, the winner of the trophy for ISIS would probably have to be Hillary Clinton.”
Given an opening to clarify his remarks on Thursday during a radio appearance on host Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, Trump refused to retract his comments. Asked by Hewitt if Trump meant the Obama-Clinton foreign policy created a vacuum and lost the peace in the Middle East, Trump replied:
“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give it to her, too, by the way – Hillary Clinton.”
At rallies in Pennsylvania on Friday however, Trump explained to the crowd that his description of Obama and Clinton is “somewhat” sarcastic.
Watch Trump’s remarks from Fort Lauderdale, FL, below:
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