Trump on Fox and Friends says we shouldn't have gone in, but after going in, we should have at least stayed in Iraq to try to maintain the good we did.
After former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) clarified last week that he would not have invaded Iraq given what he knows now, Donald Trump said on Monday that he would not have gone into Iraq.
On "Fox and Friends," co-host Steve Doocy asked Trump about reports that the Islamic State took control of Ramadi in Iraq and whether Trump would call for "boots on the ground" following ISIL's latest attack.
"Well, I would have never been in Iraq," Trump answered, according to a clip highlighted by Mediaite.
Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck later asked Trump if he thinks the U.S. should have left Iraq, given what we know now.
"We shouldn’t have been there, and once we were there, we probably should have stayed," Trump said. "The Middle East has been totally decapitated. It’s a mess. The balance has been lost between Iraq and Iran."
Trump then referenced Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who on Sunday struggled to explain whether the decision to invade Iraq was a mistake.