Updated at 11:49 a.m.to include reaction from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Donald Trump repeatedly accused President Barack Obama of founding the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terror group on Thursday, refusing to take back a patently false allegation even when questioned about the logic of his position.
"No, I meant he's the founder of ISIS, I do", responded Trump. "He was the most valuable player". In fact, in sports they have awards, he gets the most valuable player award.
Trump: No. It's no mistake.
"It's not what I'm looking to do - I think we're going to have a victory but we'll see", he said. "Her only competition is Barack Obama", he said.
Mr Trump's latest controversy, that the USA president and his former secretary of state are responsible for creating Islamic State, is a reference to U.S. foreign policy under Mr Obama.
Hewitt: By using the term "founder", they're hitting you again.
DT: Therefore, he was the founder of ISIS. He's the founder of ISIS.
Some people rushed to Trump's defense, pointing out that he might have meant that Obama is responsible for the rise of ISIS, rather than literally founding the group.
"This is another example of Donald Trump trash-talking the United States".
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DT: I mean, with his bad policies, that's why ISIS came about.
Straying from his trademark bravado, Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday that his presidential campaign is facing challenges and could ultimately fall short a rare expression of humility by the Republican presidential nominee.
Trump: I gave her the co-founder.
A White House spokesman declined to comment.
"It's reminiscent of demagogues who want to be in the press no matter what they have to say". He said Christians, who make up a majority of the American electorate, need to have their voices heard. This is a tactic, this is not an accident, this is a tactic.
She responded by accusing him of "trash-talking" the U.S. and echoing the talking points of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
She also contended the 2003 invasion of Iraq "has done more to inflame the terrorists than any action you can name". They have all over time accused the USA of creating or supporting the extremist group responsible for mass killings, beheadings and other atrocities in Iraq and Syria, as well as inspiring militant attacks across the world. Take a look at the World Trade Center.
The Trump campaign seized on the latest emails to blast Clinton as "corrupt", with critics saying the messages showed the foundation sought improper preferential treatment from the department. That's what it was.
Recent opinion polls have shown Trump losing ground to Clinton, a former senator and first lady, in the race for the November 8 election.
She slammed Trump's "casual cruelty to a Gold Star family", referring to the billionaire's clash with the parents of a Muslim American soldier who was killed in action. That rallying cry was popularized at the Republican convention in Cleveland in July. He acknowledged the possibility he could lose the race.