Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East 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."