It wasn't President Trump that defeated ISIS in Mosul, but the hard work of local fighters fueled by pre-existing US strategy, reports Peter Bergen of CNN. In fact, Trump hasn't done anything significantly different than Obama did. Even though he claimed to have dramatically stepped up the fight against the caliphate, there has been little evidence of this in Iraq. In particular, the Golden Division, which has existed for years and contains 10,000 elite fighters, caused the decline of ISIS. The president is wrong to take the credit for campaigns that were set in motion before he took office.
The media has done everything it could to downplay President Trump's victories against ISIS, asserts Joe Concha of The Hill. Since he came into office, there have been significant victories against the caliphate, for which the president deserves more credit. During his campaign, he promised to be tough on ISIS, which he delivered, pushing them out of Raqqa and Mosul. Under Trump, an unprecedented 1000 ISIS fighters surrendered over a span of two weeks. Still, the mainstream media has ignored these successes and focused on other topics to rob him of the praise he deserves.