Trump: ‘Is There Something Wrong’ With Calling Obama ‘Founder Of ISIS?’

Donald Trump on Thursday morning refused to back down from his Wednesday night claim that President Obama is the “founder of ISIS.”

“He was the founder of ISIS, uh, absolutely,” Trump said on CNBC’s “Squawkbox” when asked if it was “appropriate” to say that Obama founded a terrorist organization.

And later in the interview, Trump seemed confused as to why he was asked whether his comments were appropriate.

“Is there something wrong with saying that? Why? Are people complaining that I said he was the founder of ISIS?” he asked.

Trump criticized Obama for “the way he removed our troops.” He then pivoted to the invasion of Iraq, which was occurred during the President George W. Bush administration, calling it “one of the worst mistakes in the history of our country.” He later bashed Obama again for withdrawing troops from Iraq.

“He and Hillary gets the most valuable player award having to do with Iraq and having to do with the ISIS situation,” he said.

He then chastised Obama for referring to the Islamic State as ISIL.

“He calls it ISIL because nobody else does, and he wants to bother people by using a different term, and whether it’s more accurate or not — most people call it ISIS. He calls it ISIL,” Trump said on CNBC.

Several news organizations also refer to the terrorist group as ISIL because they believe that the most accurate translation is “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” not “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”

Watch part of the interview via CNBC:

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

TPM Staff
Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: