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Trump Says Carson Has ‘Pathological Disease’

Donald Trump suggested Friday that Ben Carson, his leading competitor for the Republican presidential nomination, lacks the “right temperament” to serve as commander in chief, The Hill reported.

Carson wrote in his autobiography that his violent behavior as a teenager, including the stabbing of a family member, was “pathological.” Trump cited the story in questioning his rival’s qualifications.

“When you suffer from pathological disease, you’re not really getting better unless you start taking pills and things,” the billionaire businessman told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. “You don’t get better. If it’s in your system, it’s in your system. … Do you think that’s the right temperament to be president? I don’t think so.”

Regarding Carson’s war with reporters over their investigations of the neurosurgeon’s past, Trump said the news-media scrutiny is justified. He disputed Carson’s claim that he is the victim of a “witch hunt” by those questioning some of the incidents he described in his book.

The Hill noted that when O’Reilly asked Trump whether he supports putting more American boots on the ground to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the candidate declined to answer. Instead, he called for the bombing of oil fields that fund the militants. He said the United States should control the region’s oil supplies.

“I would go after (ISIS); I would go after them so hard, so fast,” Trump said. “With ISIS, they’re making a fortune on oil. Bomb the hell out of the oil.”

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