When 50 Republican national security advisors issued a scathing statement earlier this week explaining that Trump would be incredibly dangerous for the international state of affairs, many saw this as a very compelling reason to reject Trump for the White House. After all, if the nation’s top national security officials say he would be a disaster, they must have a solid reason for this bold claim. Trump pushed back against their claims, arguing that the officials that issued the statement are the same ones that placed the United States in its currently perilous position. Trump is now pushing back even harder on the national security debate, this time against his Democratic counterparts. Rather than reject the notion that he, himself, would be dangerous for the nation, Trump is claiming that the Democrats in power now and those that could assume power in November are responsible for the rise of ISIS.
Speaking at a campaign stop in Florida last night, Trump addressed the Islamic State and the fight to obliterate the world’s most dangerous and volatile terror faction. Rather than provide his own strategy for taking out ISIS, which might assuage the tension between him and the national security advisors that condemned him, Trump lambasted Democrats. "In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama," he said. "He's the founder of ISIS. He's the founder of ISIS. He's the founder. He founded ISIS."
Seeing that Obama is campaigning closely with the Clinton campaign, this sort of attack on Obama is effectively an attack on Hillary as well. "I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton,” he furthered.
Former Director of the CIA and NSA Michael Hayden, one of the signatories on the letter penned against Trump earlier this week, said that while there is a powerful case to be made for the link between Obama and the rise of the Islamic State, Trump did not present it in a legitimate or professional fashion. "He inflames the debate, and we don't need the flame. We need cold, rational discussion. He insults his audience. Does he not think that his audience could not accept the slightly more complex, the slightly more reasoned message that this president made serious mistakes that led to the creation of ISIS?"
While the White House has yet to respond to Trump’s comments, we can be sure that the Obama administration will issue a statement pushing back against Trump as a radical, dangerous candidate for the world’s highest office.
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