Trump’s ISIS plan: ‘Take the oil’
Donald Trump says any plan to defeat the Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) will hinge on cutting off the revenue stream that the terrorist group takes in from oil.
“I’m looking to take the oil. I want to take the oil. I want the oil,” Trump said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
“We have to stop the source of money, and the source of money is oil,” the businessman added.
He said the Russian plane crash that ISIS has claimed responsibility for poses a new threat to American interests.
“You know, if you stop transportation, I mean, you’re talking about the blood – the blood of the world and we’re going to have to be very, very strong,” Trump said.
“We’re going to have to take away the energy, the fuel, the money from ISIS.”
Trump would not commit to sending group forces into Syria, calling the Middle East “one big, fat quagmire” for which the U.S. should not be exclusively responsible.
He said the lessons of history, such as the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, caution against becoming entangled in the Middle East.