Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump accused fellow candidate former Florida Governor Jeb Bush of backtracking on the Iraq War to defend his brother’s legacy at a press conference in New Hampshire on Friday.
Trump said, “We spent $2 trillion in Iraq. We lost thousands of lives in Iraq. We have wounded warriors, who I love, all over this country, and beyond, okay? Was it worth it? We have nothing. We have nothing over there. His brother made a horrible decision, and President Obama made a horrible decision the way he left. And when he left, he should have taken the oil instead of giving it to ISIS and Iran. And you know who the primary — the beneficiary of the oil is? China. China is taking out so much oil, and I said you shouldn’t have gone in, but once you went into Iraq, you should have never, in a million years, you should have never, just — I mean, you go in. You never won. You never won. But what a mistake Iraq was. And I heard Jeb Bush talking about it. First of all, it took him five days before he could give an answer. And after the pollsters told him what to say, he said it was bad. Now he’s trying to backtrack, probably because his brother said, ‘Hey, wait a minute, you’re killing me here. You said it’s bad. That’s my legacy, the Iraq War.’ The Iraq War is a disaster for the Bushes. That’s why the last thing we need is another Bush, believe me. Saddam Hussein, instead of him, you have ISIS, and instead of him, you have Iran taking over. So, you tell me, was it worth what we paid for?”
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