The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families.
– President Donald J. Trump, December, 2015, advocating the slaughter of women and children
I directed the Department of Defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS—a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women, and children of all faiths and beliefs. We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.
– President Donald J. Trump, February 28, 2017, after campaigning on a super secret plan to defeat ISIS in 30 days
I said I don’t want to really tell you, but I realized I had to because I’m getting killed by these people [in the media] who say “Trump doesn’t have a plan for ISIS!”
I said no, I have a plan but I don’t want to tell ISIS what it is, because I’m going to win…
People are thinking like I don’t have a plan, I hate doing it. So I was on one of the shows, and I said:
ISIS is making a tremendous amount of money because of the oil that they took away, they have some in Syria, they have some in Iraq, I would bomb the shit out of them.
I would just bomb those suckers, and that’s right, I’d blow up the pipes, I’d blow up the refineries, I’d blow up ever single inch, there would be nothing left.
And you know what, you’ll get Exxon to come in there, and in two months, you ever see these guys? How good they are, the great oil companies, they’ll rebuild it brand new… And I’ll take the oil.
– President Donald J. Trump, November, 2015
Isis is honoring President Obama… He is the founder of Isis. He founded Isis. And, I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.
– President Donald J. Trump, August, 2016, a sentiment he later doubled-down on
Well, if Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability, because we have a horrible relationship with Russia. Russia can help us fight ISIS, which by the way is, number one, tricky. I mean, if you look, this administration created ISIS by leaving at the wrong time. The void was created, ISIS was formed. If Putin likes Donald Trump, guess what, folks, that’s called an asset, not a liability. Now, I don’t know that I’m going to get along with Vladimir Putin. I hope I do. But there’s a good chance I won’t. And if I don’t, do you honestly believe that Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me? Does anybody in this room really believe that? Give me a break.
— President Donald J. Trump, January 11, 2017
See, you’re telling the enemy everything you want to do. No wonder you’ve [Hillary Clinton] been fighting — no wonder you’ve been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.
– President Elect Donald J. Trump, September 26, 2016