Donald Trump tore into President Barack Obama's administration Monday for allowing China access to Iraqi oil while, he claimed, the United States gets "nothing" after it lost 4,500 troops in the war there.
"I'm not knocking China; I'm knocking our leadership," the real estate millionaire said on Fox and Friends. "How can they allow this to happen?
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"We spend $1.5 trillion, we lose thousands of lives, we destroy a country, but China is in there taking out all the oil, and we're getting nothing," Trump said.
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Trump, who has said he is investigating a 2016 presidential run, repeated his belief that the United States should not have gone to war to depose President Saddam Hussein.
"I've said it a thousand times . . . We shouldn't have been there, but if we're there, take the oil . . . Well guess what? China is taking the oil but they didn't have to fight."
Trump was referring to a Sunday New York Times article that said China has become the biggest beneficiary of Iraqi oil. He said it is "very nice" of the United States to have the Navy in the area "making sure the waters are nice and calm."
"To me, that's a scandal that is unbelievable," he said.
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