Donald Trump Says Saddam Hussein Understood Terrorists

During a press conference on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talked about Saddam Hussein killing terrorists.

He said, “Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, but the one thing about him: he killed terrorists. Now Iraq is Harvard for terrorism. You want to become a terrorist? You go to Iraq. Saddam Hussein understood and he killed terrorists."

Although, Hussein also committed two separate genocides against his own citizens--men, women and children in northern and southern Iraq. Trump went on to say:

"Bad guy, but if the president and other people, and frankly, Obama is no better, because the way he got us out is a disaster. Look what’s happened since then. A disaster. Shouldn’t have been there. Shouldn’t have gotten out the way we got out. But if the president [George W. Bush] went to the beach, we would have been better off, believe me."

According to human rights groups, Saddam Hussein killed between 250,000-500,000 people, mostly Kurds and Shias.

In 1988, Hussein killed thousands of Kurds in Northern Iraq using chemical weapons and nerve agents. In 1991, he failed to take over Kuwait so his forces killed Kurds in the north and Shiites in the south of Iraq. Human rights groups believe Saddam's forces killed between 80,000-230,000 that year.

The September 11 Commission Report found that Saddam Hussein “used foreign terrorist groups as an instrument of foreign policy.”

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