During a Friday phone interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he “would have stayed out of Libya” back in 2011. Contrasting his own position with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who pushed to get the United States more involved in the effort to take out Muammar Qaddafi, Trump said deposing the dictator led to “more destabilization” in the region. Trump also said he “would have stayed out of Iraq too.”
Trump’s remarks won plaudits from host Joe Scarborough, who responded by saying, “There are a lot of people who say you have an inconsistent foreign policy, but it sounds pretty consistent.”
In fact, Trump’s views on Libya and Iraq have been totally, and demonstrably, inconsistent. It doesn’t take much digging to discover that Trump was originally in favor of increased United States involvement in both countries.
In a video blog about Libya from 2011, Trump said, “Qaddafi in Libya is killing thousands of people, nobody knows how bad it is, and we’re sitting around, we have soldiers all [around] the Middle East, and we’re not bringing them in to stop this horrible carnage… Now we should go in, we should stop this guy, which would be very easy and very quick.”
Kudos, to @Morning_Joe for doing later correction of Trump on Libya. Took a response from Clinton campaign. pic.twitter.com/DbunSHbmjv — andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) May 20, 2016