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Santorum: "It Sounds Like President Obama Is In Cahoots With The Strategy Of ISIS"

"The president is helping ISIS every single day by the policies we have, and he doesn't even know it because he refuses to accept the reality that ISIS is a caliphate."

Posted on November 18, 2015, at 3:43 p.m. ET

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said on Wednesday that President Obama's rhetoric about containing ISIS "sounds like" Obama "is in cahoots with the strategy of ISIS to maintain their territorial integrity."

"This president has been following, this president makes excuses for not acting, and if you look at what this president has done with ISIS, it is the worst foreign policy in the history of America," the former senator told Brian Kilmeade during an episode of his program Kilmeade and Friends. "The president's policy toward ISIS is to contain ISIS. ISIS's policy in order to gain credibility as a caliphate, in the Middle East, and around the world, is to maintain their territorial integrity."

"Let me repeat that: The president's policy is to keep ISIS within their bounds; ISIS's objective is to keep their territorial integrity," continued Santorum. "Now, what does that sounds like? It sounds like president Obama is in cahoots with the strategy of ISIS to maintain their territorial integrity."

"And he doesn't realize, by having this strategy he provides the greatest recruitment tool for ISIS, which is: America is fighting us, and we are maintaining our territorial integrity, and we are winning this battle," he added. "The president is helping ISIS every single day by the policies we have, and he doesn't even know it because he refuses to accept the reality that ISIS is a caliphate."

"ISIS is using a seventh-century textbook to operate this war," said Santorum, "and unless we understand it, and we find a strategy against it, we are going to lose this battle."

You can listen to the audio here:

Kilmeade and Friends

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