Donald Trump: Opposed Iraq War

Claim:  President Donald Trump has made claims that he opposed the Iraq war.

Rank: MisleadingDuring the campaign leading up to the election in November and after, Donald Trump has defended his opposition to the Iraq War in 2003 before the war started.  The Clinton campaign and other Clinton supporters have labeled this as a lie because of interviews that Trump gave during that time.

Prior to the invasion of Iraq, Trump gave two interviews where Iraq was mentioned.  One interview was with Howard Stern on September 11, 2002.  In this interview, he was asked if he was for invading Iraq.  His response was, “Yeah, I guess so. You know, I wish the first time it was done correctly.”  While this was not a full-fledged endorsement of a war, it certainly is not a statement of opposition.

The second interview was with Neil Cavuto on Fox News on January 31, 2003.  In that interview, Trump discussed what should have been more important for George W. Bush, President at the time, to do.  His response was effectively that the people are more worried about the economy and that it was a bigger concern.  He did say that maybe Bush should not do it at that time and to wait for the United Nations.  His statement in this interview was not really one of opposition but one of there are more important things and maybe we should wait.

At the end of the day, only Donald Trump knows how he truly felt about the Iraq war.  It may be possible that he opposed the war.  Based on the evidence at hand, it is very likely that this claim is spin and is misleading at best.

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