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Trump: Intel Briefings Revealed That Obama Not Following Military's Advice on ISIS

Trump: Intel Briefings Revealed That Obama Not Following Military's Advice on ISIS

By    |   Wednesday, 07 September 2016 09:03 PM

Donald Trump said Wednesday that he was "shocked" at some of the things he learned in the two intelligence briefings he has received — primarily that "our leaders did not follow what they were recommending."

"What I did learn is that our leadership, Barack Obama, did not follow what our experts said to do," the Republican presidential nominee told NBC's Matt Lauer on a "Commander-in-Chief Forum" broadcast on both NBC and MSNBC. The town hall session in New York was with current and former members of the military.

"I was very, very surprised. In almost every instance," he said.

"I could tell — pretty good with the body language — that they were not happy," Trump said. "Our leaders did not follow what they were recommending."

Both Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton began receiving intelligence briefings from top U.S. officials last month. Trump's sessions have been held at Trump Tower in New York City.

When Lauer asked Trump Wednesday whether he had learned anything in those briefings that "shock or alarm you," the nominee responded, "yes, very much so.

"First of all, I have great respect for the people who gave us the briefings. They were terrific people. Experts on Iraq and Iran … and Russia.

"But, yes, there was one thing that shocked me," he continued. "It just seems to me that what they said was that President [Barack] Obama and Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, who is another total disaster, did exactly the opposite."

Kerry succeeded Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, as Secretary of State in 2013.

Clinton was questioned by Lauer in the first half of the town hall.

Trump accused Obama and Clinton of reducing the nation's military leaders "to rubble.

"They have been reduced to a point where it's embarrassing for our country," he said. "I can just see the great, as an example, General George Patton spinning in his grave — as we can't beat ISIS.

"I have great faith in the military," he continued. "I have great faith in the commanders certainly.

"But I have no faith in Hillary Clinton or the leadership."

He said that he did have a plan to defeat ISIS, despite saying in a speech in Philadelphia that he would ask military leaders to develop a program within 30 days after he became president.

"I have a substantial chance of winning," he told Lauer. "If I win, I don't want to broadcast to the enemy exactly what my plan is.

"If I like — maybe a combination of my plan or the generals' plan, if I like their plan."

Regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump said that "the man has very strong control over a country.

"It's a very different system — and I don't happen to like the system, but certainly in that system, he's been a leader," he added. "Far more than our president has been a leader."

Trump added that "I think I would have a very good relationship with many foreign leaders.

"The beautiful part of getting along, Russia wants to defeat ISIS as badly as we do," he continued. "If we had a relationship with Russia, wouldn't it be wonderful if we could work on it together and knock the hell out of ISIS?

"Wouldn't that be a wonderful thing?"

When Lauer noted that Putin has praised Trump, he responded, "the fact that he calls me brilliant or whatever he calls me is going to have zero impact."

In response to a veteran's question about sexual assault in the military, Trump pledged that "we'll run it right.

"I want to keep the court system within the military. It shouldn't be outside of the military. We have to come down very, very hard on that.

"The best thing we can do is set up a court system within the military," he added. "Right now, the court system practically doesn't exist. Takes too long."

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Donald Trump said Wednesday that he was shocked at some of the things he learn in the two intelligence briefings he has received - primarily that our leaders did not follow what they were recommending. What I did learn is that our leadership, Barack Obama, did not...
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