Tuesday 17 October 2017

Donald Trump brushes off militant group's video using his words

Al Qaida affiliate al Shabab used Donald Trump's words in a recruitment video (AP)
Al Qaida affiliate al Shabab used Donald Trump's words in a recruitment video (AP)

Donald Trump has brushed off an African Islamic militant group's video that uses his comments against Muslims to attract recruits.

Mr Trump said it was no surprise extremists would try to capitalise on words of a Republican presidential frontrunner.

The new 51-minute video is by an al Qaida affiliate in Somalia, known as al Shabab, and shows Mr Trump calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the US.

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton recently claimed, without evidence, that another extremist group, the Islamic State (IS, also known as Isis), has been using video of Mr Trump in its propaganda.

Mr Trump said the emergence since then of the al Shabab video does not change the fact she was wrong.

He told Fox & Friends: "It wasn't Isis and it wasn't made at the time, and she lied."

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