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Donald Trump Says The U.S. Should Have Left The Middle East Alone

The U.S. has been involved with the Middle East for decades now. On Thursday, Donald Trump said that the United States would have been better off "if we never looked at the Middle East for the last 15 years."

During a town-hall discussion on NBC's "Today," Trump explained, "One of the things that -- running for office is interesting. They'll ask you questions like that. I said that from the beginning. They never did it. Then they started it, on a limited basis. Libya, right now, as you know, has fantastic oil, some of the finest oil in the world. Who has the oil? ISIS has the oil. Do we blockade it, bomb it, do anything? No. ISIS is making a fortune now in Libya."

He then called the increasing chaos in Libya, "a Hillary Clinton deal." He said, "For what reason? Look, he was a bad guy. Saddam Hussein was a bad guy. They had one thing in common. They killed terrorists, OK? We would have been better off if we never looked at the Middle East for the last 15 years."

Clinton has defended her position on Libya by saying, "The decision was the president's. Did I do the due diligence? Did I talk to everybody I could talk to? Did I visit every capitol and then report back to the president? Yes, I did. That's what a secretary of state does. But at the end of the day, those are the decisions that are made by the president to in any way use American military power, and the president made that decision and, yes, we did try without success because of the Libyans' obstruction to our efforts, but we did try and we will continue to try to help the Libyan people."

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