It was during the first presidential debate that Donald Trump had some words in opposition of NBC’s Lester Holt who had tried to say that Trump supported the Iraq war, when it fact he was against it.
“I did not support the war in Iraq, that is mainstream media nonsense put out by her, because frankly, I think the best person in her campaign is the mainstream media,” Trump said.
“The record shows otherwise,” replied Holt.
“The record shows that I’m right,” Trump argued. Trump acknowledged that while he lightly said invading Iraq may be a good idea on Howard Stern’s show, he said otherwise not long thereafter on Neil Cavuto’s show — arguing that the economy was more important — and again in conversations with Sean Hannity.
In the aftermath of last night’s exchange, let’s take a look at video of Trump’s 2003 interview with Cavuto — below. In the interview, dated January 28th, 2003, Trump states:
“Well, I’m starting to think that people are much more focused now on the economy. They’re getting a little bit tired of hearing we’re going in, we’re not going in. You know, what happened to the days of Douglas MacArthur? I mean, he would go in and attack. He wouldn’t talk. I mean, we have to, you know, it’s sort of like either do it or don’t do it…. Well, he’s [Bush] either got to do something or not do something perhaps. Because perhaps he shouldn’t be doing it yet. Perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations. You know, he’s under a lot of pressure. He’s, you know, I think he is doing a very good job, but of course if you look at the polls, a lot of people are getting a little tired. I think the, the Iraqi situation is a problem and I think the economy is a much bigger problem.”
“No one calls Sean Hannity!” Donald Trump repeatedly exclaimed last night when further pressed by Holt.
“I had numerous conversations with Sean Hannity at Fox,” Trump said.
“He and I used to have arguments about the war,” Trump added. “I said it’s a terrible, stupid thing. It’s going to destabilize the Middle East, and that’s exactly what it’s done.”
Hannity corroborated Trump’s claims during a post-debate interview.
“You know how many times we had conversations about that? You told me I was wrong, in fairness,” Hannity said. “It was respectful and I understood where you were coming from,” Trump responded. “I was against the war, I thought it would destabilize the Middle East. I didn’t realize it would be managed so badly,” he added.
While both candidates made false statements during stages of the debate, this was not one of them.