Rubio: ISIS 'founded by radical jihadists,' not Obama
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress Tensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress Ending the Cyprus arms embargo will increase tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean MORE (R-Fla.) doesn't agree with Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE's claim that President Obama "founded" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

"ISIS was founded by radical jihadists, not by the president," Rubio said Thursday, according to theĀ Naples Daily News.


Rubio, who is running for reelection in Florida, made the comment in Naples before heading to Orlando to campaign with Trump, according to the report.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee member and former presidential candidate has been a vocal critic of Obama and his former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection What the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Steve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push MORE, now the Democratic nominee.

Rubio stressed during a meet and greet with local Republicans on Thursday that its important the GOP retains the Senate as a check on a potential Democratic president.

Trump sparked controversy when he claimed on Wednesday that Obama "founded ISIS." He doubled down on those remarks Thursday, saying he "meant that he's the founder of ISIS" and claiming that voters were "liking" the remark.

But Trump reversed course Friday, saying his claim was only "sarcasm."