Trump Re-Ups Attacks On Obama And Clinton As The ‘Founders’ Of ISIL

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August 11, 2016 12:20 p.m.

At ease while speaking to a group of home builders, Donald Trump on Thursday said again that President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are the “founders” of the Islamic State terrorist group.

“Our government has unleashed ISIS. I call President Obama and Hillary Clinton the founders of ISIS,” he told the National Association of Home Builders in Miami. “ISIS will hand [Clinton] the Most Valuable Player award, her only competition is Barack Obama.”

Trump caused a stir for saying Obama founded the terrorist organization at a Wednesday night rally and refused to back off the remarks in multiple interviews Thursday morning.

Clinton’s campaign called the remarks “another example of Donald Trump trash-talking the United States” in a statement emailed to reporters during Trump’s Thursday speech.

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“It goes without saying that this is a false claim from a presidential candidate with an aversion to the truth and an unprecedented lack of knowledge,” senior adviser Jake Sullivan said in the statement. “What’s remarkable about Trump’s comments is that once again, he’s echoing the talking points of Putin and our adversaries to attack American leaders and American interests, while failing to offer any serious plans to confront terrorism or make this country more secure.”

But the latest comments are hardly a departure for the New York businessman. As CBS News’ Sopan Deb points out, Trump has regularly accused both Obama and Clinton of creating ISIL. Last month, he said Clinton “invented ISIS with her stupid policies,” and he called Clinton “the founder of ISIS” at a Florida campaign event just last week.

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