Trump doubles down on claim he opposed Iraq War
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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. 


Calling his stance on the war a "major difference" between himself and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Trump says he's not prepared to lose in 2020 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.