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  • Trump: World would be ‘100%’ better with Hussein, Gadhafi in power

    Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said Sunday that the world would be “100 percent” better if former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and former Libya prime minister Moammar Gadhafi were still in power today.

    Gadhafi and Hussein both committed atrocities against their own people and were among the world’s worst human rights abusers, but Trump said human rights abuses continue to plague Libya and Iraq and are “far worse than they were ever.”

    “People are getting their heads chopped off, they’re being drowned in cages,” Trump told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “Right now, they are far worse than they were, ever, under Saddam Hussein or Gadhafi,” he said.

    “Iraq used to be no terrorists,” he continued. “Now it’s the Harvard of terrorism. If you look at Iraq from years ago — I’m not saying [Hussein] was a nice guy — he was a horrible guy, but it was a lot better than it is right now. Right now Iraq is a training ground for terrorists.”

    Tapper and Trump begin the discussion about Hussein and Gaddafi around the 13:20 mark in the video above.


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