The morning after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a Florida campaign rally audience that President Barack Obama is the "founder" of the Islamic State and Hillary Clinton is the co-founder of the terror group, the candidate is doubling down on the charge.
The statements came at the end of a lengthy telephone interview lasting more than 30 minutes on CNBC's "Squawk Box" Thursday.
Near the end of the interview, co-host Scott Wapner addressed Trump's claim that Obama and Clinton are Islamic State co-founders, asking the Republican standard bearer, "Do you think it's appropriate to call the sitting president of the United States the founder of a terrorist organization that wants to kill Americans?"
Trump did not hesitate, stating, "He was the founder of ISIS, absolutely — the way he removed our troops."
The GOP candidate went on to repeat his claim of being against the war in Iraq, calling it "one of the worst mistakes in the history of our country."
Trump then returned to the topic of Obama and the Islamic State, adding a sports analogy, "He gets the most valuable player award — he and Hillary."
Watch the entire CNBC interview with Trump here.
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