Before giving a speech Thursday to a national homebuilders group on Miami Beach, Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke exclusively with NBC 6’s Jackie Nespral.
Trump answered questions centered on the 2016 election – including recent controversial comments regarding both his opponent in the general election, Hillary Clinton, as well as one made Wednesday night during a rally of supporters at the BB&T Center in Sunrise where Trump called President Obama the "founder of ISIS."
"I meant exactly that. He's the founder of ISIS, he's the most valuable player," Trump said of Obama. "They should give, you know in athletics we get awards, the best player, the most valuable player, he should get the most valuable player award from ISIS."
Nespral asked why.
"When he took the soldiers out, when he took the troops out, look, he should never have been there, we should have never been there, it was the worst decision, one of the worst decisions, maybe the worst we ever made to be there in the first place. I was totally against going into Iraq, I was a civilian so nobody cared but I was against the war in Iraq, I said it was going to destabilize the Middle East," Trump said. "So Obama takes over and instead of keeping some troop presence there, he announced the date he was leaving and then very importantly took everybody out all the sudden, they just sat back and waited and when we left, basically ISIS was formed."
"He is the founder of ISIS and Hillary Clinton is right there with him," Trump added.
Trump will continue his tour of Florida with speaking engagements planned in Kissimmee and Orlando later Thursday, where he will speak in front a group of pastors that has been met with backlash from LGBTQ groups as well as the Democratic National Committee.