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Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump on Iraq War, Putin

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By    |   Friday, 09 September 2016 09:38 AM

Donald Trump was a "private citizen who was against the Iraq War," but if he had been a senator back when the war was approved, he would not have voted for it, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Friday morning.

"You heard him with Howard Stern say, 'Yeah, I guess so,'" Conway told "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose, after a recording of Trump's September 2002 radio interview with Howard Stern was played. "Had he been in the United States Senate, he would have cast a vote against the Iraq War."

She also disagreed with Rose's contention that Trump's comment to Stern contradicts statements he's made in recent months that he always opposed the war, pointing to Clinton's vote for the war while she was a New York senator.

Trump also made other statements against the war, including in an Esquire Magazine interview, but that interview was published almost a year and a half after the war started in March 2003.

Conway also defended Trump's comments this week praising Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "stronger leader" than President Barack Obama, but told the program that the GOP nominee wasn't really praising Putin.

"He's not praising him so much as saying we'll work with people, anybody who wants to help stop the advance of ISIS," said Conway. "What he said was he's seen as a stronger leader in his country," she went on. "He said he doesn't agree with that form of government, but that in that country Vladimir Putin is stronger."

Trump appeared in an interview Thursday with Larry King on the RT network a Russian television station sponsored by the Kremlin, and Conway said that actually, he did a podcast with King that he did not know would be on the Russian-owned network.

She also said Trump would show a much stronger stance against North Korea's nuclear threats, and wouldn't be like Obama, "over in Asia talking about Donald Trump instead of talking about North Korea. His entire America First doctrine is he would always look out for the interests of this country."

Trump would make sure North Korea would never use its nuclear arsenal, Conway continued, but she wouldn't say how.

"He's not going to reveal all of his plans now," Conway said. "He's made that very clear and maybe somebody can ask him in a debate."

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