Donald Trump told his supporters on Wednesday at a rally in Florida that U.S. President Barack Obama is the founder of Islamic State.
“ISIS is honoring President Obama” Trump said.
“He is the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS. And I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hilary Clinton.” Trump exclaimed.
Trump’s statement is completely false.
ISIS is a Salafi jihadist militant group whose true founder was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who died on June 7, 2006 in an American airstrike north of Baghdad.
Although Trump called President Obama the “founder of ISIS” it was actually former President George W. Bush who authorized and initiated the first withdrawal of American troops from Iraq that President Obama later continued during his first term as president.
Trump Spoke About Battling ISIS With Nuclear Weapons
Trump said during a Meet the Press interview in August 2015 that he has put together a comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS during his first 100 days if elected president that includes striking ISIS with thermonuclear weapons deployed from Trident submarines from the Persian Gulf.
“It starts with the deployment of four or five of an Ohio-class nuclear submarines to the Persian Gulf” Trump said.
“We’re going to hit them and we’re going to hit them hard. I’m talking about a surgical strike on these ISIS stronghold cities using Trident missiles” Trump added.
Military experts dispute Trump’s claims about using nuclear weapons to make precise “surgical” strikes on ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq.
Nuclear missiles launched from a Trident submarine are over 50 times more powerful than the atomic bomb that struck Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II and would result in massive civilian losses.
The largest ISIS stronghold, Al-Raqquh, located in eastern Syria has a population of over 200,000 civilians and the majority of its residents aren’t affiliated with ISIS militants who are mixed in with the local population.
A nuclear strike on a ISIS stronghold such as Al-Raqquh would result in a serious geopolitical conflict with other Gulf nations in the Middle East and lead to condemnation from world powers.
Trump Wants Japan And Korea To Defend Themselves
Trump spoke in April with Fox News host Chris Wallace about having regional Asian allies Japan and South Korea “defend themselves” with nuclear weapons against North Korea even though countries like Japan have already signed a non-nuclear proliferation treaty following World War II, a fact that Trump seemed unaware of.
“It’s not like, gee whiz, nobody has them. So, North Korea has nukes. Japan has a problem with that. I mean they have a big problem with that. Maybe they would in fact be better off if they defend themselves from North Korea” Trump said.
When Fox News Host Chris Wallace asked, “With Nukes?’
Trump replied, “Including with nukes, yes, including with nukes.”
Trump Said That NATO Countries Should Also Defend Themselves
Donald Trump has raised eyebrows with a host of foreign policy issues varying from “killing” family members of terrorists, discarding Geneva Conventions related to torture, and saying we should “go much stronger than waterboarding” even though most national security experts believe that torture is largely ineffective because tortured people often provide false and misleading information to make the torturing to stop.
During a April 27th foreign policy speech, Trump said that NATO countries in Europe that pay less than their 2 percent of GDP target on military should not be defended by the U.S.
“The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense, and if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves. We have no choice” Trump said during his foreign policy speech.
Trump’s Second Amendment Controversy
On Tuesday during a campaign rally Donald Trump sparked controversy when he made the following statement about Democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton picking Supreme Court Justices.
“By the way, and if she gets to pick –if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know” Trump said.
On Wednesday Trump campaign staff and supporters rushed to his defense and blamed the media for misinterpreting his remark.
Trump supporters claimed that Trump wasn’t referring to a call to arms and was encouraging Second Amendment people to vote.
Gideon Rachman, a British journalist and chief foreign affairs expert from the Financial Times, made an excellent point in a tweet yesterday about the inherent problem posed with this excuse from Trump supporters.
Rachman tweeted, “Its hard to see how Trump was taking about gun owners using votes to stop Hilary since he was discussing situation after she has been elected.”
Hard to see how Trump was taking about gun owners using votes to stop Hillary since he was discussing situation after she has been elected
— Gideon Rachman (@gideonrachman) August 10, 2016
Written By: Johnathan Schweitzer
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