Trump says he was against Iraq war
despite Howard Stern interview
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[September 09, 2016]
By Steve Holland
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Republican
presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday said he was against the
Iraq war all along despite telling radio interviewer Howard Stern in
2002 that he favored it.
Trump used the start of a speech about education at a charter school in
Cleveland to push back at Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's statement
that his position on Iraq is pretty much like her own: She voted for the
2003 war as a U.S. senator from New York but has since disavowed the
At an NBC forum on Wednesday night, Clinton pointed to a September 2002
interview Trump gave to radio host Howard Stern to say that Trump had
supported the war. Trump had said "Yeah, I guess so," when asked about a
potential conflict in Iraq.
Various fact-checkers have cited this interview to debunk Trump's
statement that he was always against the war.
In Cleveland, Trump cited a Jan. 28, 2003, interview he did with Fox
News' Neil Cavuto to say he was skeptical.
In that interview, Trump said: "I think the Iraqi situation is a
problem. And I think the economy is a much bigger problem as far as the
president is concerned."
He said in his Cleveland remarks that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from
Iraq had left a power void filled by Islamic State militants.
"But I was opposed to that war from the beginning, long before my
interview with Howard Stern," Trump said.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reads off a
teleprompter as he speaks at the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences
Academy in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., September 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mike
He also cited what he said was a March 25, 2003, interview.
"Just days after the war started, I was quoted as saying the war is
a mess," Trump said, calling it "more evidence that I had opposed
the war from the start."
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Leslie Adler and Dan
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