As Donald Trump prepares for an afternoon rally in Estero near Fort Myers today, his campaign is blasting the White House response to “a series of apparent terror attacks” over the weekend and accusing Hillary Clinton of backing President Barack Obama‘s “failed ISIS strategy.”
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White House spokesman Josh Earnest appeared on at least two morning shows today describing the battle against the Islamic State as a fight over “narratives.”
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Earnest said the U.S. is trying to “lift up the voices of prominent patriotic Muslims. There are millions of them. They can speak to the poisonous, empty, bankrupt mythology that’s being propagated by ISIL. In some ways, this is actually just a war of narratives and so we want to make sure that we’re giving out our counter-narrative against ISIL.”
On CNN, Earnest said: “When it comes to ISIL, we are in fight, a narrative fight with them, a narrative battle.”
The Trump campaign accused the White House of minimizing the ISIS threat.
“When the White House says we are in a ‘narrative fight’ against ISIS just days after a series of apparent terror attacks on U.S. soil we should all be very concerned,” said Trump spokesman Jason Miller in a campaign statement. “For the U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria who are on the front lines against ISIS, it’s a real fight where we’ve lost real lives. Diminishing the threat the Obama Administration has allowed to materialize on its watch puts us all at risk and is another reminder that we need new leadership in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism. Hillary Clinton has backed President Obama’s failed ISIS strategy to the hilt, and voters should know whether she too shares the White House’s troubling assessment of the situation.”