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Donald Trump has never shied away from saying the United States should’ve just taken Iraq’s oil while fighting Saddam Hussein. He repeated as much during his appearance at NBC’s Commander In Chief forum earlier this week according to the LA Times:
“It used to be, ‘To the victor belong the spoils,” Trump said. “Now, there was no victor there, believe me. There was no victor. But I always said: Take the oil.”
Trump said that it would have required leaving only “a certain group behind” to pump Iraq’s oil and that doing so would have prevented the rise of Islamic State. Trump has often said he would use the money to compensate U.S. military families for their sacrifices.