White House Says Trump Has Done More in Defeating ISIS than Obama

Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders smiles as she speaks during an off-camera press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said President Donald Trump has done undeniably more in the efforts to defeat ISIS and isolate North Korea than former President Barrack Obama. “It’s indisputable that President Donald Trump has done more to isolate North Korea & defeat ISIS in 8 months than Obama did in 8 years”, Sanders tweeted.

The tweets followed reports of more that 1000 ISIS soldiers surrendering in Iraq in the course of the last week, after the city of Hawija was captured from ISIS fighters by the Iraqi military. Vice President Mike Pence also applauded Trump for the results he has so far achieved on the international stage. “While critics engage in empty rhetoric and baseless attacks, under the President’s leadership, ISIS is on the run and North Korea is isolated like never before,” Pence said.

The new tactics which the president approved considerable helped in putting ISIS on the defense, Defense Secretary James Mattis said earlier this year. “[Trump] directed a tactical shift from shoving ISIS out of safe locations in an attrition fight to surrounding the enemy in their strongholds so we can annihilate ISIS,” Mattis said in May.

Last month, Trump maintained that his administration “proactive and nasty” approach contributed to making considerably greater progress in fighting the terrorist group that Obama’s administration. On more than one occasion during the presidential campaign, Trump blamed Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for the rise of ISIS.


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