Trump Campaign Blames Obama, Clinton For ‘Minimizing ISIS Threat’

AP

In a statement released after three potential terror attacks this weekend, Donald Trump’s campaign on Monday accused the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton of “diminishing the threat” posed by the Islamic State.

“When the White House says we are in a ‘narrative fight’ against ISIS just days after a series of apparent terror attacks on U.S. soil we should all be very concerned,” spokesman Jason Miller said in the statement, describing it as “diminishing the threat” posed by terrorist attacks and providing “another reminder that we need new leadership in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism.”

The statement goes on to attack Hillary Clinton for backing President Barack Obama’s “failed ISIS strategy to the hilt,” and demands to know whether she agrees with the White House’s description.

Over the weekend, a bomb injured 29 in Manhattan, explosive devices were discovered in Seaside Park and Elizabeth, New Jersey, and nine people were stabbed in an attack at a St. Cloud, Minnesota mall.

Hillary Clinton issued a statement on Sunday condemning the “apparent terrorist attacks” and calling for “resolve over fear.”

Read the Trump campaign’s full statement below:

“When the White House says we are in a ‘narrative fight’ against ISIS just days after a series of apparent terror attacks on U.S. soil we should all be very concerned. For the U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria who are on the front lines against ISIS, it’s a real fight where we’ve lost real lives. Diminishing the threat the Obama Administration has allowed to materialize on its watch puts us all at risk and is another reminder that we need new leadership in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism. Hillary Clinton has backed President Obama’s failed ISIS strategy to the hilt, and voters should know whether she too shares the White House’s troubling assessment of the situation.” – Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor

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