During an interview with The Hill Wednesday, President Trump pinpointed the US invasion of the middle east as more catastrophic even than the US Civil War, calling it “The worst single mistake ever made in the history of our country.”
“The worst single mistake ever made in the history of our country: going into the Middle East, by President Bush,” Trump said.
“Obama may have gotten them (U.S. soldiers) out wrong, but going in is to me the biggest single mistake made in the history of our country.” Trump added.
“Because we spent $7 trillion in the Middle East,” Trump continued.
The President suggested that because of the monumental quagmire of the wars, there has been a knock on effect on every policy proposal.
“Now if you wanna fix a window some place they say, ‘oh gee, let’s not do it. Seven trillion, and millions of lives — you know, ‘cause I like to count both sides. Millions of lives.” Trump declared.
Trump went on to suggest that Bush’s wars in the middle east were worse than the Civil War:
“To me it’s the worst single mistake made in the history of our country. Civil war you can understand. Civil war, civil war. That’s different. For us to have gone into the Middle East, and that was just, that was a bad day for this country, I will tell you.” Trump stated.
Trump has long expressed his disdain for the wars in the early 2000’s. Throughout the debates leading up to the election, Trump routinely criticized US involvement in the middle east.
Trump, much like Bush, ran on a strictly non-interventionist policy. Unlike Bush, Trump appears to be sticking to that.
During one debate, when it was suggested that Bush kept America safe, Trump retorted “How did George W. Bush keep us safe when the World Trade Center came down during his reign?”