New York - US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, said on Sunday that the world be better if former Iraqi President, Saddam Husein and former Libyan President, Muammar Gaddafi were in power.
New York – US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, said on Sunday that the world be better if former Iraqi President, Saddam Husein and former Libyan President, Muammar Gaddafi were in power.
During CNN’s State of the Union television show on Sunday, host Jake Tapper asked Trump, if the world would be better off with Saddam and Gaddafi were still in power and the billionaire said yes “100 percent”.
The real estate mogul believes that when Hussein ruled Iraq, there were no terrorists in the country.
“I mean, look at Libya. Look at Iraq. Iraq used to be no terrorists. [Hussein] would kill the terrorists immediately, which is like now it’s the Harvard of terrorism,” Trump said.
He went on to add that the late Iraqi president was a “horrible” man but kept things under control, as did Gaddafi when he ruled Libya.
“I’m not saying he was a nice guy, he was a horrible guy, but it was a lot better than it is right now. Right now, Iraq is a training ground for terrorists. Right now Libya, nobody even knows Libya, frankly there is no Iraq and there is no Libya. It’s all broken up. They have no control. Nobody knows what’s going on,” he said.
The GOP candidate told CNN that even though both controversial leaders were condemned for violating human rights, their countries are now “worse than ever”.
“People are getting their heads chopped off, they’re being drowned. Right now, they are far worse than they were, ever, under Saddam Hussein or Gaddafi,” he said.
Trump did not miss the occasion to lash out at his opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and current US President Barack Obama, whose foreign policy he disagrees with.
“Libya is a disaster. Iraq is a disaster. Syria is. The whole Middle East. And it all blew up around [former Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton and [President] Barack Obama.”
The “Make America Great Again!” candidate for the Republican nomination for the 2016 US Presidential election has sparked outrage with his controversial anti-immigration ideals and his over-the-top behavior.
According to Reuters, the latest opinion poll by Bloomberg/Des Moines Register, published last Friday, showed a decline in Donald Trump supporters, placing him with a mere 19 percent compared to candidate Ben Carson with 28 percent.
Carson is also known for his anti-Muslim comment, which have stirred controversy in recent weeks.