US presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says NATO should play a more active role in the war against Daesh (ISIL), adding that Washington provides the Western military alliance with more support than it should.
In an interview with CBS on Sunday, Trump said he would declare a war against the terror group if he becomes president and would deploy “very few” ground troops to fight it.
“I am going to have very few troops on the ground. We’re going to have unbelievable intelligence, which we need; which, right now, we don’t have. We don’t have the people over there,” he said, only a day before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
“We’re going to have surrounding states and, very importantly, get NATO involved because we support NATO far more than we should, frankly, because you have a lot of countries that aren’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing. We have to wipe out ISIS,” he added, using an alternative acronym for the terror group.
Trump blamed his Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton for ISIL’s creation, saying she was “responsible” for its atrocities. Clinton served as the US secretary of state during US President Barack Obama’s first term in office.
“Hillary Clinton invented ISIS with her stupid policies. She is responsible for ISIS. She led Barack Obama — because I don’t think he knew anything; I think he relied on her,” Trump said.