PRESIDENTIAL RACE | Trump refuses to back away from false claim Obama founded IS
MIAMI (AP) — Donald Trump repeatedly accused President Barack Obama of founding the Islamic State group today, refusing to take back a patently false allegation even when questioned about the logic of his position.
A day after lobbing the attack against the president during a rowdy rally, Trump pressed ahead during a round of interviews. The Republican presidential nominee brushed off conservative radio commentator Hugh Hewitt's attempt to reframe Trump's observation as one that said Obama's foreign policy created the conditions in Iraq and Syria that allowed IS to thrive.
"No, I meant he's the founder of ISIS. I do," Trump said, using another acronym for the extremist group that has wreaked havoc from the Middle East to European cities.
Hewitt asked Trump if he would acknowledge that Obama hates the Islamic State, noting that the president is "trying to kill them." Over the past two years Obama has organized a broad coalition of countries and launched more than 10,000 U.S. airstrikes to defeat IS.
"I don't care," the billionaire businessman replied. "He was the founder. The way he got out of Iraq – that was the founding of ISIS, OK?"
In a later speech to homebuilders in Miami today, Trump said his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, would be given "the most valuable player award" by ISIS. "Her only competition is Barack Obama," he said. He later added of Clinton, "Oh boy, is ISIS hoping for her."