Retired Army General Blasts Trump’s Remarks on Defeating ISIS

September 7, 2016 A retired U.S. Army general is criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for remarks he made on Tuesday in North Carolina regarding his plan to defeat the Islamic State or ISIS if he is elected.

Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mark Hertling made the remarks during an interview with CNN‘s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday after Trump told a crowd of supporters he will ask his top military officials to formulate a plan for defeating ISIS within his first 30 days in office. Hertling, a national security, intelligence and terrorism analyst for CNN, called Trump’s remarks “sophomoric,” calling his orders “simplistic” and insulting to individuals working to defeat ISIS. Hertling told Anderson Cooper:

“I had to ask myself, what the hell does he think we’ve been trying to do for the last 14 years in terms of al Qaeda?”

ABC News reports that an aide to Donald Trump’s campaign said Trump is expected to unveil a plan to end the military sequester when he addresses the Philadelphia Union League in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Trump’s speech is expected to largely focus on military spending.

Army Lt. General Hertling retired in 2012 after 37 years of service, including as the commander of all U.S. Army forces in Europe. Previously, Hertling commanded an armored division in northern Iraq. Hertling criticized Trump in March, calling the Republican presidential candidate’s management style “toxic leadership” after he pledged to reinstate waterboarding and promised to introduce other interrogation methods that are “so much worse” and “much stronger.”

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