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.