Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), said Sunday that Donald Trump had closer ties to the Islamic State than President Barack Obama.
During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” McCaskill pushed back on Trump’s recent claim that Obama and Clinton are co-founders of ISIL by pointing out that Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom she described as “Trump’s best buddy,” supports Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.
Assad has bought oil from the terrorist group despite ostensibly opposing them in the Syrian civil war and is believed to have allowed them to operate within Syrian borders in an effort to prop himself up as the only alternative to chaos.
“So you can say Trump and his friend Putin are the founder of ISIS, which probably would be more accurate than calling out the commander in chief in that way,” McCaskill, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said. “The language that Donald Trump has used as it relates to ISIS is disrespectful to the military that is out there fighting ISIS every day.”
Trump recently insisted that President Obama was the “founder” of ISIL and Hillary Clinton the co-founder. He later tried to walk the lies back by claiming he was being “sarcastic.”