SUNRISE, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said President Barack Obama founded the Islamic State militant group, adding that the extremist group “honors” him.
Trump, at a campaign stop in South Florida, referred to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as the “co-founder” of the militant group also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh. He placed added emphasis on Obama’s full name, Barack Hussein Obama.
“In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama,” Trump said Wednesday night. “He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS.” He added, “I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.”
On CNBC Thursday, Trump doubled down on his comments, saying Obama “was the founder of ISIS absolutely, the way he removed our troops. … I call them co-founders,” he added, referring to Clinton.
In June, following the Orlando nightclub shooting that left 49 dead, Trump suggested Obama played a role in terrorism.
“We’re led by a man who is very — look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind. And the something else in mind, you know, people can’t believe it,” Trump said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “People cannot believe, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and he can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”