World leaders were hesitant to join President Barack Obama's coalition to combat the Islamic State (ISIS) due to a lack of respect for the United States and incompetence in the White House, Donald Trump told "Fox & Friends."
"The world does not respect us, and we're being run incompetently," the real estate and entertainment mogul said on Monday. "The world is sort of ganging up on the United States, and it's not a pretty picture. And, we have incompetent leadership that doesn't know what they're doing."
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said on Sunday the State Department would name countries "over the coming days" willing to pledge ground troops in the effort to fight ISIS.
Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday nearly 40 countries would join the effort to defeat ISIS, but cautioned it was "not appropriate to start announcing" which ones would participate, according to CNN
Trump said the U.S. was "sort of all by our self and nobody wants to join us, and they don't want to give us their soldiers," adding that fighters from countries in the Middle East may not be "so great either in that part of the world."
World leaders might fear Obama's commitment to the campaign to defeat ISIS, thinking that the U.S. might leave "at the wrong time," Trump suggested. He said another problem with Obama's leadership was that he announced too much about military actions the U.S. was going to take.
"We signal everything. We say we're going in next week. You might as well give the exact time. These guys spread out, and we can't do the kind of damage that we could do.
"We're telling them every single thing that we're doing, I guess for political reasons, because [Obama] wants to be tough or he wants to be not tough," he said. "I don't think anybody knows what he wants to be. I don't think he knows what he wants to be."
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