Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump re-enforced his claims that President Barack Obama founded the Islamic State terrorist group, in an interview with CNBC on Thursday. He also stood by his assertions in another interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”
“Is there something wrong with saying that?” Trump asked. “Are people complaining that I said he was the founder of ISIS?”
The interview comes only a day after Trump stated at a rally in Sunrise, Fla. that President Obama was indeed the founder of ISIS. His claims drew an onslaught of controversy for the statement’s inaccuracy.
“In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama,” Trump said on Wednesday. “He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS.”
On “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” Trump once again defended his statements, also dragging Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton into the mix.
“… [He’s] the founder of ISIS … He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.”
Trump also backed his notorious and unorthodox campaign style in Thursday’s CNBC interview, and hinted that come Election Day, he may actually be vanquished.
“At the end, it’s either going to work or I’m going to, you know, I’m going to have a very, very nice long vacation,” Trump said.