Leading Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he supports Russian efforts to fight Isil militants in the Middle East, including Syria.
Asked whether he backed those like Russia who supported Syrian President Bashar al Assad or those who see Assad as the source of Syria’s current crisis, Trump told NBC’s ‘Today’ programme: “I side with the group that says if Russia wants to go and fight ISIS (Isil), you should let them as opposed to saying we’re jealous, we don’t want you to do that.”
The brash billionaire, who is still leading public opinion polls among those seeking the Republican Party’s nomination to run for the White House in the 2016 election, said the United States should support those who want to destroy the militant group that has taken over swathes of Syria, as well as neighbouring Iraq.
Republicans have criticised US President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in Syria, which has been mired in civil war for four years and has seen an influx of Isil militants.
Asked whether Assad was the source of the country’s ills, Mr Trump said it was not clear and questioned who would replace him if he were ousted. “The people that want to come in and replace Assad, nobody knows who they are and they could end up being worse,” he said.
“We’re constantly going out and siding with people and they turn out to be worse than the people who were there before.”
Trump also revealed a tax reform plan that, like many of the proposals put forth by his Republican rivals, contains a dubious assumption: that tax cuts will generate rapid economic growth.
His proposal is similar to the one Jeb Bush unveiled .
Both slash the top individual tax rate from 39.6pc (Bush to 28pc and Trump to 25pc) and the corporate tax rate from 35pc (Bush to 20pc and Trump to 15pc). And both plans provide the largest share of benefits to upper income earners.