Donald Trump insisted in a CNBC phone interview Thursday that President Barack Obama “absolutely” founded ISIS, and that Hillary Clinton was the terrorist group’s co-founder.
In a wide-ranging interview detailing his economic plans on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” the GOP presidential candidate also allowed for the possibility that he may not defeat Hillary Clinton.
Trump initially made the ISIS comments on Wednesday.
Asked about them on CNBC, he doubled down and said “[Obama] was the founder of ISIS absolutely, the way he removed our troops. ..I call them co-founders.”
This week, Trump has come under fire for remarks he made about the Second Amendment which had been interpreted by some as suggesting violence against Hillary Clinton.
“On the Second Amendment everybody came to my defense because there was nothing said wrong, I’m talking about the power of the voter,” Trump said in a phone interview on “Squawk Box” Thursday. “Only the haters tried to grab on to that one.”