Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE said he wants to destroy oil fields in the Middle East because it’s a primary source of money for ISIS, told the New York Times in interviews published Saturday.
Trump has always advocated for what he calls “taking the oil,” but now he’s calling for more drastic measures to cut off the terror group’s main revenue stream.
“I would say knock the hell out of the oil, and do it because it’s a primary source of money for ISIS,” he said, saying the U.S. should have taken control of oil while in Iraq. “We should’ve taken it … Now we have to destroy the oil. We don’t do it. I just can’t believe we don’t do it.”
He added that the U.S. should never have been involved with Iraq.
“We shouldn’t have been there, we shouldn’t have destroyed the country,” he said.
Saddam Hussein was a “bad guy,” but he was very good at killing terrorists, he said.
"He killed terrorists like nobody, all right? Now it’s Harvard of terrorism. You want to be a terrorist, you go to Iraq," he said.