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Trump: I Wouldn't Have Gone Into Syria, But Hit ISIS 'Big League'

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By    |   Friday, 20 May 2016 09:53 AM

Donald Trump, while railing against potential Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Friday morning, complained that she has "horrible judgment" and that he would have handled matters in the Middle East in far different ways than she did as secretary of state.

"I could tell you a lot of examples, but one of them is Libya," the presumptive GOP nominee told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on the "Morning Joe" program Friday. "Libya is a disaster and by the way, just in case you have any questions, right now ISIS has taken the oil from Libya. 

"So we knock out Libya and you knock out Gaddafi and she thinks we did a great job.  And it's just more destabilization, a total disaster, and ISIS has the oil."

Trump said he would have stayed out of Libya, Iraq and Syria as well, and he "wouldn't have fought so much for [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad, against Assad, because I thought that was a whole thing.

"You have Iran, which we made into a power.  Iran now is a power because of us, because of some of the dumbest deals I have ever seen."

With Iran and Russia in favor of Assad, "we're supposed to fight the two of them," said Trump, "and at the same time, we're supposed to fight ISIS, who is fighting Assad."

But at the same time, Trump said, "I would go after ISIS, big league."
 
"ISIS is fighting Syria," he said. "So you have some people, most people, they want to fight Syria and they want to fight ISIS at the same time and they are fighting each other."

There are "bigger problems" than Assad, said Trump, and he would say to "knock the hell out of ISIS, which we could have done originally.  Knock the hell — look, we shouldn't have been in Iraq. Bad decision. 

"Then the way Obama got us out was a horrible decision, the way we came out. And I would have said — and by the way, ISIS was created because of that. Because they wouldn't take them in. Because we had the wrong leadership. We put the wrong leadership on Iraq."

Meanwhile, he denied reports saying that he'd go to North Korea for talks, but still he would talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"The last thing I do is go,  I would never go to North Korea," said Trump. "I don't know who would say I would go there."
 
He also denied reports that he attacked either Great Britain or Prime Minister David Cameron, but he did comment that if "I were Great Britain, I'd get out of the European Union. I see what happened with the great migration destroying Europe and EU had a lot to do with that. 

"Personally, I would get out, but I said I don't want that to influence the people of Great Britain."

But he believes he'll do "just fine" with Cameron, and that he has been asked to visit 10 Downing Street.

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Donald Trump, while railing against potential Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Friday morning, complained that she has "horrible judgment" and that he would have handled matters in the Middle East in far different ways than she did as secretary of state.
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