“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade, a frequent supporter of the president’s, said on Friday that President Trump had “re-founded ISIS” and was giving Vladimir Putin “a big win” with his abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
“He also is doing exactly what he criticized President Obama for doing. He said President Obama is the founder of ISIS,” Kilmeade pointed out during an interview with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “He just refounded ISIS because they have 30,000 men there and they are already striking back with our would-be evacuation. The president is really on the griddle with this.”
Sanders said she “respectfully and vehemently ” disagreed with Kilmeade’s assertions.
“The idea that the president has had anything to do with helping ISIS reemerge is absolutely outrageous,” she said.
“Leaving is helping,” Kilmeade said. “Leaving is helping.”
Sanders fired back by saying Trump would “destroy” ISIS.
“If ISIS wants to pick a fight with somebody, they sure as heck don’t want to pick one with Donald Trump because he will destroy them and defeat them,” Sanders said. “He’s made that extremely clear.”
Sanders claimed that U.S. forces have “wiped out 99 percent of ISIS in Syria.”
Kilmeade responded that the “word on the ground” among U.S. military is different from what the White House is claiming publicy.
The hosts then abruptly ended the segment by wishing Sanders a “Merry Christmas” and cutting to a break.
Kilmeade uses Trump's idiotic ISIS logic with Sarah Sanders, says that Trump "re-founded ISIS"
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Kilmeade earlier in the morning criticized Trump for pulling U.S. forces out of Syria and leaving Kurdish forces in the area alone.
“We are now abandoning the Kurds who are about three weeks away from total slaughter,” Kilmeade said. “All they have done for us is show total allegiance to us and they trusted us, and now we will never get another ally in that region.”