Donald Trump has found at least one person who agrees with his allegation that the US administration founded the Islamic State group.
The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group quoted Trump at a rally in the country’s south Saturday, saying the presidential candidate’s statements were based on facts.
Hassan Nasrallah says: “this is an American presidential candidate who is saying this. What he says is based on facts and documents.”
Trump this week described President Barack Obama as the “founder” of IS. Trump later said the claim was intended as sarcasm.
He had accused President Barack Obama of establishing the Islamic State group that is wreaking havoc from the Middle East to European cities. A moment later on another topic, he referred to the president by his full legal name: Barack Hussein Obama.
“In many respects, you know, they honour President Obama,” Trump said during a raucous campaign rally outside Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “He is the founder of ISIS.” He repeated the allegation three more times for emphasis.
Nasrallah, who has sent thousands of his fighters to Syria to shore up President Bashar Assad’s forces, has long claimed that the US helped create and fuel the rise of Islamic extremists to destabilize the Middle East.