Donald Trump told a crowd of supporters that both Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration were to blame for the creation of ISIS during a campaign rally in Mississippi on Saturday night.
The Republican presidential candidate told the crowd that he had previously told the American government to bomb the oil assets belonging to ISIS before Russia began doing so.
“I’ve predicted a lot of things, you have to say, including, ‘Get the oil, take the oil, keep the oil.’ Right? I’ve been saying that for three years, and everybody said, ‘Oh, I can’t do that. I mean, this is a sovereign country.’ There is no country!” Trump said.
He then said the blame for the rise of ISIS lays squarely on the shoulders of Obama and Clinton:
“They have a bunch of dishonest people. They’ve created ISIS. Hillary Clinton created ISIS with Obama — created with Obama. But I love predicting because you know, ultimately, you need somebody with vision.”
The next morning on “Fox & Friends,” Trump repeated his statement that Clinton “created ISIS.”
“She has a terrible record as secretary of state. I mean, she’s literally created ISIS,” Trump said. “If you look at her, between her and Obama, they’re the ones — we have this big ISIS problem they created with their bad policies and their bad thinking.”
Watch his Saturday comments below:
Trump and Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, have fiercely sparred in recent weeks. Trump took particular exception to Clinton saying that his provocative campaign-trail statements had become propaganda for the Islamic State, especially his proposal to bar Muslims from entering the US.
The Republican billionaire demanded that Clinton apologize, but her campaign replied at the time: “Hell no. Hillary Clinton will not be apologizing to Donald Trump for correctly pointing out how his hateful rhetoric only helps ISIS recruit more terrorists.”
After Clinton said Trump had generally displayed a “penchant for sexism,” Trump went after her husband, former US President Bill Clinton. Trump recently proclaimed that the former president has “a terrible record of women abuse,” referring to the Monica Lewinsky scandal, among other things.
At his Saturday rally, Trump also blasted Hillary Clinton for a report on her husband’s paid speeches while she was secretary of state. As he has done frequently before, Trump further asserted that Clinton “shouldn’t be allowed to run” because of the private email system she used for her State Department work.
“She should be in jail, by the way, for what she did,” Trump said. “Everybody knows she should be in jail. What she did with the emails is a disgrace,” he added.