Donald Trump Says Obama Is Founder Of ISIS

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Donald Trump told CNBC on Thursday he will either win with his frank and uncensored style of campaigning or enjoy a “very, very nice long vacation.”

Republicans have long hoped Trump will pivot on his behavior, but in the “Squawk Box” interview, he said:

“I’m a truth teller. All I do is tell the truth. And if at the end of 90 days, I’ve fallen short because I’m somewhat politically correct even though I’m supposed to be the smart one and even though I’m supposed to have a lot of good ideas, it’s OK. I go back to a very good way of life.”

A string of unfavorable poll numbers and growing opposition from within his own party’s congressional membership have made Republicans increasingly nervous that they have toxic nominee on their hands that could endanger the party’s future.

In the wide-ranging phone interview, Trump insisted that President Barack Obama “absolutely” founded ISIS. He also discussed economic issues including regulation and infrastructure spending.

Trump initially made the ISIS comments on Wednesday.

Asked about them, he doubled down and said “[Obama] was the founder of ISIS absolutely, the way he removed our troops. … I call them co-founders,” he added, referring to his Democratic presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Trump also stood by his remarks about the Second Amendment that Democrats interpreted as calling for violence against Clinton.

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