Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump tweeted a link to an article by Breitbart, claiming that President Barack Obama has indirectly supported the Islamic State (Isis) on Wednesday (15 June). Trump previously made comments following the Orlando nightclub shooting that appeared to imply the president was somehow involved with terrorists.
"An: Media fell all over themselves criticizing what Donald Trump 'may have insinuated about @POTUS.' But he's right," Trump tweeted early Wednesday (15 June) morning. The story, by right-wing publication and known Trump-ally Breitbart, claimed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton received a "classified intelligence report" that the Obama administration was actively supporting Al Qaeda in Iraq, which would become Isis.
According to the memo, the Obama administration reportedly supported Isis by establishing a programme to train Syrian rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al Assad. The Hill noted that the Obama administration has at times struggled to connect with allies among the Syrian opposition that are not tied to terrorists.
The Pentagon had attempted to properly vet opposition fighters who participated in its "train and equip" programme, but the programme stalled after the Pentagon was able to train just 150 rebels of its goal of 3,000. The memo was obtained by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, which sued to receive emails Clinton sent and received from her private server during the time as secretary of state.
In response to Trump's tweet, Clinton released a minute-long video slamming the GOP candidate for his "lies and conspiracy theories." Clinton lambasted Trump's earlier comments that Obama "either is not tough, not smart, or he's got something else in mind. There's something going on."
Trump's recent comments regarding the president, his proposal to ban Muslims and immigrants from certain areas of the world and his targeted attack against an Indiana judge who is presiding over cases involving Trump University have led Democrats and Republicans alike to condemn him. According to Reuters, some view Trump's post-Orlando comments as "partisan and petty" and "not what Americans expect from a president".