On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” while commenting on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s remarks that President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton contributed to the founding of ISIS, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) brought up President Vladimir Putin supporting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and said, “You can say Trump and his friend Putin are the founder of ISIS, which would probably be more accurate than calling out that commander-in-chief in that way.”
Partial transcript as follows:
WALLACE: Let’s turn to Donald Trump’s charge that Hillary Clinton was one of the founders of ISIS. Now, while that was clearly over the top, the fact is that she was the secretary of state at the time that the Obama administration pulled all U.S. troops out of Iraq. She was the secretary of state who was pushing President Obama to intervene in Libya, which helped create a vacuum that ISIS has helped filled. Doesn’t she bear some responsibility if not the founder, some responsibility for the rise of ISIS?
MCCASKILL: Well, first of all, 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. Just last week, Chris, we took out eight tankers in ISIS, we took out mortar, we hit a tactical unit. We have shrunk the area of ISIS in Iraq by 40 percent. We’d shrunk the area of ISIS in Syria and serious by 20 percent. The men and women that are risking their lives every day through the orders of their commander-in-chief, when they hear a presidential candidate try to act like our president is on the bad guy’s side, how do you think that makes them feel as they’re out there in the field fighting?
WALLACE: In fairness, Senator, he isn’t criticizing her in any way or denigrating the work of the military. He’s saying that President Obama and Hillary Clinton made some bad decisions that have led to the present situation.
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