By Steve LitchfieldPosted October 18, 2018 07:01:13In the days since Donald Trump declared that the United States was moving toward “total, complete and total annihilation” of the Islamic State group, he has faced a growing chorus of criticism from Democrats and some Republicans that he has been too cautious in his rhetoric.
Trump’s latest outburst came during a CNN interview with Jake Tapper.
The host asked if Trump could describe the group as a “cancer.”
“What is a cancer?”
“What is the cancer?
What is the disease?””
It’s a cancer, man,” Tapper replied.
“This is the worst thing you’ve ever heard of.”
Trump said that the Islamic militant group was “killing us and taking over our countries.”
“I mean, we’re gonna be like, ‘You know, you have to do something about this,'” Trump said of the threat posed by the militant group.
“You have to get tough, you know, this is the real cancer, folks.
It’s a disease.
You have to start killing this cancer.”
Tapper said that Trump had used the term “cancer” as an adjective, “but what you’ve done is you’ve used the word ‘cancer.'”
“You know what?
I just said it,” Trump said, adding, “and it’s really sickening.”
Tapping Trump again, Tapper pressed him to elaborate on what the term means.
“We’re gonna have to figure it out,” Trump replied.
Tapper then asked Trump if he thought the Islamic militants would succeed in taking over much of the Middle East.
Trump said he did not know.
“I just know we have to take out their leaders,” Trump concluded.
Tapper then noted that Trump said the Islamic extremist group was a “f—ing cancer” in a September 2017 speech in Saudi Arabia.
Trump responded that the leader of the group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had been killed by U.S. forces.
“When we say, ‘We are gonna take them down,’ we mean that, and it’s not a joke, Jake,” Tapped Trump.
“And we’re not gonna stop.
We’re not going to stop.
That’s what we’re going to do.
And you know what that means?
You have a cancer.”
In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Trump was asked if he had used a similar phrase about the Islamic terrorist group.
“You have been saying a lot of things, Jake, and I have to say, I think I said a lot, and that’s not bad,” Trump told Fox.
“But it’s been a long time.”
Trump added that he had a “great relationship” with Saudi King Salman and that “all the problems that are in the world have to be dealt with.”
“I think we’ve been doing a very good job.
We’ve been talking to him,” Trump added.