Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race MORE gave a shout out to Saddam Hussein on Tuesday evening, praising the former Iraqi dictator's anti-terrorism tactics.


"Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? He was a bad guy, really bad guy," Trump said during a rally in Raleigh, N.C.

"But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn't read them the rights, they didn't talk. They were a terrorist – it was over," Trump said, criticizing the Obama administration's anti-terrorism policies.

"Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism. You want to be a terrorist, you go to Iraq. It's like Harvard, OK?" Trump said. "So sad." 

Trump has made similar comments before, arguing in February that while Hussein was a "bad guy" the former Iraqi president "killed terrorists."

In October, Trump said the world would "100 percent" be better off if Hussein and former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi were were still in power.