Clinton Hits Back at Trump’s IS Accusation

Clinton Hits Back at Trump’s IS AccusationClinton Hits Back at Trump’s IS Accusation

Donald Trump has once more sparked criticism of the US administration's leadership skills. The presidential candidate held his opponent Hillary Clinton and sitting US President Barack Obama responsible for the rise of the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group.

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rebuked comments made by her rival Donald Trump earlier, claiming that she and incumbent US President Barack Obama were the IS group.

"No, Barack Obama is not the founder of ISIS," Clinton tweeted, using another name for the terrorist group. She further accused Trump of a "smear" against the president and stressed that he was not fit to serve as commander-in-chief of the US, AFP reported.

Trump had told a crowd attending a rally in Miami, Florida that Obama was "the founder of ISIS"—a claim, which he later also repeated in the city of Kissimmee, also in Florida.

"And I would say, the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton," Trump said at the Miami event, and added at the latter event that IS was "hoping" for Clinton—presumably to win the election.

The Democratic National Committee has, meanwhile, called on the Republican candidate to "apologize for his outrageous, unhinged and patently false suggestions," to which 70-year-old Trump replied that he had "allegedly" told the truth. "This is another example of Donald Trump trash-talking the United States," Clinton's senior policy adviser, Jake Sullivan, said in a statement.

The White House declined to comment on Trump's claim.