Pence Rejects Clinton Claims On Islamic State

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) —  Republican presidential nominee Mike Pence is rejecting Hillary Clinton’s claim that Donald Trump and other GOP leaders are encouraging terrorists by asserting the U.S. is at war with Islam.

Pence told conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday that it’s “weak and feckless” foreign policy from Democrats that “emboldens” Islamic State fighters.

The Indiana governor told Limbaugh during a phone interview that the U.S. is indeed “at war with the ISIS caliphate,” using an acronym for the Islamic State group. He said Democrats won’t say so because of “political correctness.”

Pence also repeated a common Republican claim that the Islamic State grew because President Barack Obama withdrew ground forces from Iraq.

Obama did withdraw troops, but the withdrawal process was initiated by President George W. Bush’s administration.

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One Comment

  1. don says:

    Please let’s be honest here. Obama chose to remove the troops as his offer for the status of forces agreement was so weak that Iraq saw it as useless. Obama did not have to withdraw but did so against ALL of the military advice to stay. Obama was the only person on earth that thought that leaving a power vacuum was a good idea. His decision was pure politics.

  2. Stewart says:

    Soft talk and more money doesn’t work. We’re beyond that. Remove troops? Worse idea ever

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