Rubio: ISIS ‘founded by radical jihadists,’ not Obama

Greg Nash

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) doesn’t agree with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’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 the Naples Daily News.

{mosads}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 Clinton, 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.”

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