Trump says Obama-IS remark was sarcasm

Republican Donald Trump is now saying that his description of Barack Obama as a founder of the Islamic State group was sarcasm.

At a rally Wednesday, Trump said that Obama “is the founder of ISIS,” using one acronym for the group. He repeated that in two interviews Thursday.

But in a tweet Friday criticising CNN’s coverage, he said the network reported his claim “so seriously.” Trump tweeted: “THEY DON’T GET SARCASM?”

In a rare show of humility by the boastful billionaire, Donald Trump is acknowledging that his presidential campaign faces challenges and could ultimately fall short.

The Republican presidential nominee is straying from his signature bravado as he campaigns in the battleground state of Florida. He told a gathering of evangelical ministers Thursday he’s “having a tremendous problem in Utah.”

The same day, Trump acknowledged that his lack of political correctness could cost him the election if Americans reject his blunt approach.

After trouncing 16 challengers in the Republican primary, Trump is encountering worrying signs as his campaign moves into the general election.

 

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