Trump doubles down on claim he opposed Iraq War
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE defended his assertion that he opposed the Iraq War from the start at a rally on Monday, a claim undercut by various public statements from before the war. 

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Calling his stance on the war a "major difference" between himself and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump vows challenge to Nevada bill expanding mail-in voting Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman Juan Williams: The Trump Show grows tired MORE, he told a crowd in Youngstown, Ohio, that he had cautioned against the war in an interview with Fox Business News's Neil Cavuto three months before the invasion. 

"Though I was a private citizen whose personal opinions on such matters were not sought, I publicly expressed my private doubts," the Republican presidential nominee said. 

Trump read a portion of the interview to his supporters, in which he said, “Perhaps we shouldn’t be [invading Iraq] yet" and "the economy is a much bigger problem.”

He also pointed to his criticism of the war in Esquire Magazine in 2004 — which came well after the invasion. 

But independent fact-checkers and media reports have found that Trump did not vocalize any serious anti-war sentiment before the invasion.

The reports also point to a 2002 interview, in which he told Howard Stern, "Yeah, I guess so," when asked whether he supported the invasion.