Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that, if elected president, he would "declare war against ISIS" and do so with "very few troops on the ground" (video below).
“We have to wipe out ISIS," Trump said in the interview on 60 Minutes, according to CNN. The interview was Trump's first with his vice presidential running-mate, Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, at his side.
"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,” Trump said. “We don't have the people over there.”
Trump continued: "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."
The billionaire businessman not only said he would destroy ISIS, but he also blamed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for the creation of the feared terrorist group that has killed more than 18,000 people in two years in Syria and Iraq, according to a January report from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, reported NBC News.
"Hillary Clinton invented ISIS with her stupid policies. She is responsible for ISIS,” Trump said. “She led Barack Obama - because I don't think he knew anything; I think he relied on her.”
Trump also made another not-so-subtle effort to win over supporters of Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who was highly critical of Clinton's foreign policy views during the Democratic primary.
“As Bernie Sanders said, 'Her judgment is so bad.' She's got bad judgment. She's got bad instincts,” Trump said.
Although Sanders endorsed Clinton after losing the Democratic primary, he criticized her foreign policy actions as recently as June, when he released a campaign video featuring Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, an Iraq War veteran, criticizing Clinton's vote for the War in Iraq, which has killed at least 160,000 civilians, according to Iraq Body Count.
"For those of us who have seen what the effects of the consequences and what the cause of war is, the qualities of judgment and foresight in our commander in chief are paramount. Bernie Sanders voted against the Iraq War," Gabbard said in the ad, reported Politico.
Pence also voted for the Iraq War.
In the "60 Minutes" interview, Trump brushed Pence's vote aside.
"Everyone's entitled to make a mistake once in a while," Trump said.