Donald Trump the presumptive Republican candidate who triggered a controversy by supporting former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein refused to withdrew his statement. But he qualified his observation on Saddam by saying that though he hated him, Saddam was damn good at killing terrorists.
Trump who supported the invasion of Iraq before, said US should not have destabilised Iraq.
US had listed Iraq at the time Saddam Hussein as the sponsor of terrorism.
“He was a bad guy — really bad guy. But you know what? He did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read them the rights. They didn’t talk. They were terrorists. Over. Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism”
Trump’s remarks on Saddam has created a huge controversy in US with Democrats taking on the comment to make it a campaign subject.
House speaker Paul Ryan in an interview with Fox news has termed Saddam Hussein as the “20th century’s most evil people”.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign adviser Jake Sullivan saying “Trump’s praise for brutal strongmen seemingly knows no bounds.”.
“Trump’s cavalier compliments for brutal dictators, and the twisted lessons he seems to have learned from their history, again demonstrate how dangerous he would be as commander-in-chief and how unworthy he is of the office he seeks.” He said in a statement.
Trump has earlier said that Iraq and Libya now the strong holds of ISIS would have been better place had Saddam and Moammar Gadhafi were alive in their respective countries.
Trump’s statement on Saddam has distracted attention from the condemnation of Hillary’s e mail practices by the FBI. Republicans were planning to focus their campaign on this. With Trump continues to praise dictators analysts feel they have lost an important campaign issue.
The FBI though not recommend an indictment against Hillary, who was the former Secretary of State FBI director James Comey said there was “evidence of potential violations of the statutes”