Donald Trump says he would defeat ISIS by taking over the oil fields the terrorists have seized in Iraq.
“We should definitely take back money for our soldiers,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd on Sunday.
“We’ve had soldiers that were decimated, so badly hurt — the wounded warriors, and killed, of course. But we’ve had soldiers that were so badly hurt and killed, I want their families to get something because we got nothing out of that war.
“We spent $2 trillion, Chuck. We had thousands of people killed. Wounded warriors all over the place, they got nothing. And they can’t even say we had a victory.”
Trump said he never advocated a U.S. war with Iraq, but it happened, and “it was a big mistake” because it “destabilized” the Middle East.
“Now we’re there, and you have ISIS. And I said this was going to happen. I said Iran will take over Iraq, which is happening, as sure as you’re sitting there. And ISIS is taking over a lot of the oil in certain areas of Iraq. And I said, you take away their wealth. You go and knock the hell out of the oil. Take back the oil. We take over the oil, which we should have done in the first place.”
Trump agreed that taking over Iraq’s oil will require ground troops:
“It’s Ok,” he said. “We’re going to circle it (Iraq). “We’re going to circle. We’re going to have so much money, and what I would do with the money that we make, which would be tremendous, I would take care of the soldiers that were killed, the families of the soldiers that were killed, the soldiers, the wounded warriors that are — see, I love them.
“And they’re walking all over the streets of New York, all over the streets of every city, without arms, without legs and worse than that. And I would take care of them. They paid a big price –”
Trump also indicated he would support Saudi Arabia — for a fee:
“Look, Saudi Arabia is going to be in big trouble pretty soon, and they’re going to need help.” (He was talking about Yemen eyeing Saudi oil.)
“Like it or don’t like it, people have backed Saudi Arabia. What I really mind, though, is we back it at tremendous expense. We get nothing for it, and they’re making a billion dollars a day…We should at least be reimbursed. We’d be an extremely wealthy country.”