In an unusually restrained speech read off of a teleprompter last night, Donald Trump avoided the controversies of the last week and focused on a more positive and constructive message, hoping to unite a GOP party that is slowly backing away from the presumptive nominee. That doesn’t mean that he didn’t take a couple of shots at Bill and Hillary Clinton.
“America First means on foreign policy, we will never enter into any conflict unless it makes us safer as a nation. It has to make us safer as a nation. This is the opposite of Hillary’s foreign policy, which invaded Libya, destabilized Iraq, unleashed ISIS, and threw Syria into chaos, and created the mass migration, which is wreaking havoc all over the world.” There’s a lot to unpack there, but let’s focus on “invaded Libya.”
The intervention in Libya was to promote a cease fire in their ongoing civil war, and was led by a 19 country NATO coalition, not the United States alone. While as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was a proponent for war in Libya, though she has recently called it “a work in progress” rather than a failure. In any case, it was not the quick air strike war that NATO was hoping for.
Sunday, on the Face The Nation show, Trump was asked about his views on Libya, to which he lied and denied that he supported an intervention in Libya. John Dickerson then cuts to a 2011 video blog where he says “we should go in, we should stop this guy.” Trump seems genuinely confused, stammering to where Dickerson got this quote. The Libya question starts at 3:20 in this video:
DICKERSON: Let me ask you about Libya, you’ve been highly critical of Libya. You were also for military action to oust Gaddafi, and military action to take care of the humanitarian situation in Libya. You supported that.
TRUMP: When you say I supported, what, uh, I supported Libya?
DICKERSON: Yeah, you supported intervention in Libya.
TRUMP: I did? Where do you see that?
DICKERSON: In a video blog from 2011 you said: (Check the 3:40 mark in the above video)
TRUMP: We should go in, we should stop this guy, it would be very easy and very quick. We could do it surgically, stop him from doing it, and save these lives.
TRUMP: That’s a big difference from what we’re talking about.
In fact that’s exactly what we’re talking about. Trump is slamming Hillary Clinton for an intervention, led by NATO and 19 other countries, that did not go according to plan. This is a military intervention that Donald Trump supported in a video blog produced by himself. Trump made a speech yesterday criticizing Clinton for Libya one day after he was show a video of himself supporting that very same war.
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