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Trump: Was Against Libya Intervention, For 'Surgical' on Gadhafi

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Sunday, 05 Jun 2016 12:02 PM

Donald Trump Sunday switched his repeated campaign-trail stance that the world would be better off if Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi was still alive, asserting he'd have authorized a "surgical" to take out the dictator.

In an interview on CBS News' "Face the Nation," the GOP presumptive nominee declared, "I didn't mind surgical."

"You do a surgical shot and you take him out," Trump said, adding he was "never" for strong intervention in the country.

When pressed about a 2011 video in which he called for the United States to "stop this horrible carnage," Trump countered, "I was for something, but I wasn't for what we have right now."

"I wasn't for what happened. Look at the way — I mean look at with Benghazi and all of the problems that we've had. It was handled horribly. … I was never for strong intervention. I could have seen surgical where you take out Gadhafi and his group."

Trump has previously said on the campaign trail that Obama intervention in Libya is proof the United States should’ve stayed out altogether, including at a February debate in which Politico reports Trump asserted, "I never discussed that subject. I was in favor of Libya? We would be so much better off if Gadhafi would be in charge right now."


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Donald Trump Sunday switched his repeated campaign-trail stance that the world would be better off if Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi was still alive, asserting he'd have authorized a surgical to take out the dictator. In an interview on CBS News' Face the Nation, the...
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