Following yesterday's comments by Hillary Clinton that Trump is "inciting violence", we were expecting Trump to promptly ratchet up the war of words, and he did not disappoint when pivoting back to Hillary, and Obama's, foreign policy, he said that Obama "founded" ISIS, a statement that has already incited angry rebuttals from the media even if it confirms what a secret Pentagon report revealed last May according to which ISIS was created by the US as a "tool to overthrow the Syrian president."
“ISIS is honoring President Obama,” he said during a rally in Fort Lauderdale, adding that “He is the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS." He did not spare Hillary either: "I would say the co-founder would be ‘Crooked’ Hillary Clinton,” Trump added of his Democratic rival.
Donald Trump calls President Obama the 'founder of ISIS' and Hillary Clinton its co-founderhttps://t.co/0VEZ9zBE6o— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) August 11, 2016
Trump criticized Obama’s decision to withdraw U.S. military forces from the Middle East and leaving behind a void ISIS could fill.
“We should never have gotten out the way we got out,” he said. “We unleashed terrible fury all over the Middle East." Alternatively, one can argue that the US should have never gotten in but that debate is beyond the scope of this post.
“Instead of allowing some small forces behind to maybe, just maybe, keep it under control, we pulled it out,” the GOP’s presidential nominee added.
"Then Obama came in, and normally you want to clean up and he made a bigger mess. We’re not respected. We’re laughed at all over the world.”
Trump made similar comments last week, when he called Clinton the "founder of ISIS" and said "she should get an award from them."