The Latest: Trump defends calling Obama ‘founder’ of IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (All times EDT):

8:50 a.m.

Donald Trump is defending his decision to label President Barack Obama the "founder" of the Islamic State group.

Asked in an interview with CNBC Thursday whether it was appropriate for him to call the sitting president of the United States the founder of a terrorist organization that wants to kill Americans, Trump doubled down on his accusation.

"He was the founder of ISIS, absolutely," says Trump, blaming the president for his decision to withdraw troops, which some argue created a power vacuum in which extremist groups like IS thrive.

Trump says the U.S. "should have never gotten in" the war, but also shouldn't "have got out the way he got out."

Trump now claims that he was opposed to the Iraq War from the beginning, despite evidence to the contrary.


7 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is set to go after Donald Trump's economic agenda — aiming to portray her rival's approach as offering handouts for the rich.

That's her goal in a speech scheduled for Thursday afternoon at a manufacturing company in Warren, Michigan.

Her campaign says she'll try to make the case that the Republican presidential nominee's plans would benefit him and his wealthy friends — and amount to an update of "trickle-down economics."

Also look for Clinton to argue that Trump's drive to cut taxes on certain business income would in fact benefit many of his companies.

The Democratic nominee isn't expected to use her speech to come out with any major new policies.
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