Trump was speaking in Ohio ahead of hte primary elections in states in a private hangar at the city’s airfield where he was introduced to the crowd of around 1,500 by New Jersey Governor Chris Christieon.
He said the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in middle was as a result of the US invasion on Iraq which destabilized the region.
“Saddam Hussein was not a good person. Who cares,” Trump said, adding that “He was very good at killing terrorists. Now, Iraq is the Harvard for terrorism.”
Trump also criticized the US President Barack Obama for withdrawing the US forces from Iraq took quickly, claiming that the hasty withdrawal of the US forces from Iraq allowed Iran to take control of the world’s second biggest oil reserves.
“Iran is taking over Iraq. They’re taking over the second largest oil reserves in the world,” he was quoted as saying in a report by The Independent.
Trump further added “I said ‘take the oil’ and they said ‘you can’t do that – it’s a sovereign country’. Sovereign country? These were corrupt people.”
“Isis turned out to be a lot smarter than the people we backed,” he added.