Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE defended comments he made this week praising Saddam Hussein for his ability to kill terrorists at a Wednesday rally.

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"Last night, I said, 'Bad guy, Saddam Hussein, bad guy,' then I said again, 'Saddam Hussein is a bad guy, but he did one thing well, he killed terrorists,'" the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said at a rally Wednesday in Ohio. "I wanted to emphasize, because I knew if I didn't emphasize, they'd say I like Saddam Hussein."

Trump bashed the media for focusing on his praise of Hussein and for ignoring other topics he talked about like trade, ObamaCare and the military. 

"I wake up, I turn on the television ... 'Donald Trump loves Saddam Hussein. He loves Saddam Hussein,'" Trump said, imitating a news broadcaster. "I said, 'That's not what I said.'" 

"I don't love Saddam Hussein, I hate Saddam Hussein," he continued. "But he was damn good at killing terrorists."