Trump changes stance on US intervention in Libya

Presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has reversed his position on American intervention in Libya.

In an interview with CBS News on Sunday, Trump said he would have ordered a “surgical” strike to kill former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

“I didn’t mind surgical. And I said surgical. You do a surgical shot and you take him out,” said Trump, who had earlier said that US meddling in Libya was a mistake.

“We would be so much better off if Gaddafi would be in charge right now,” Trump said during a Republican presidential debate in February.

But in the interview on Sunday, Trump changed his position. “I was for something, but I wasn’t for what we have right now.”

“I wasn’t for what happened. Look at the way — I mean look at with Benghazi and all of the problems that we’ve had. It was handled horribly. … I was never for strong intervention. I could have seen surgical where you take out Gaddafi and his group,” he stated.


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