- The Washington Times - Friday, November 20, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says that while he’s a big believer in talking, it’s unlikely he’ll be negotiating with the Islamic State terrorist group anytime soon.

“These people are insane,” Mr. Trump said when asked what he would say to the leader of the group, given the opportunity. “These are insane people.”

“Normally, I’m a big believer in talking — you can reason with most people. These are nuts, and it’s got to be said, and it’s got to be stated,” he said in part of an interview that aired Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“And Obama — I don’t know what’s with him,” he said. “He doesn’t talk about Islamic terrorism or radical Islamic terrorism. He won’t even use the term. It’s almost like he’s defending them.”

Asked what he would be saying if he were in the White House right now, Mr. Trump said: “Oh, I would be saying, ‘Let’s go, folks.’ “

“And I would be getting other countries,” he said.” “I would say we’re going to bomb the hell out of ‘em. We’re going to get ‘em right now.”

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

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