- The Washington Times
Monday, August 10, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday said his plan for combating the Islamic State terrorist group would be to “knock the hell out of” them and take back the oil the group controls in the Middle East.

“They have great money because they have oil. They have much oil,” Mr. Trump said via phone on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Any place where they have oil, I would knock the hell out of ‘em, and I would put boots on the ground in those areas; I would take the oil. Because what you’re doing is you’re cutting off a big portion of their money source.”

“The other part of their money source, by the way, happens to be banks. Money is flowing in through banks in Saudi Arabia and other places — you have to cut that off,” he continued. “But I would knock out the source of their wealth, the primary source of their wealth, which is oil.”

“And in order to do that, you would have to put boots. I would knock the hell out of ‘em, but I’d put a ring around it, and I’d take the oil for our country,” he said. “I’d just take the oil.”

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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