Trump responded: "No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton."
At a Wednesday night rally in Sunrise, Fla., the Republican presidential nominee said Obama and Clinton botched policy in the Middle East and fueled the growth of terrorism there.
"He is the founder of ISIS," he told supporters, adding of his Democratic rival: "And I would say the co-founder is crooked Hillary Clinton."
Hewitt pointed out that Obama has waged an effort against the Islamic State: "He’s not sympathetic to them. He hates them. He’s trying to kill them."
Trump replied: "I don’t care. He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was, that was the founding of ISIS."
The mogul said it was not a mistake to use the term "founder."
"Everyone’s liking it," he insisted. "I think they’re liking it. I give him the most valuable player award. And I give it to him, and I gave the co-founder to Hillary. I don’t know if you heard that."
Hewitt said he did not like Trump's word choice.
"They created the Libyan vacuum, they created the vacuum into which ISIS came, but they didn’t create ISIS. That’s what I would say," the radio host explained.
Trump didn't budge.
"I mean, with his bad policies, that’s why ISIS came about," the mogul argued.
The group now known as the Islamic State was founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and was active in Iraq by 2003, when then-Secretary of State Colin Powell cited him in a speech to the United Nations.