All it took was a commercial break.
At CNN’s presidential town hall in South Carolina, businessman and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump had just finished touting his opposition to invading Iraq in 2002.
But during the commercial break, host Anderson Cooper was handed a slip of paper that pointed out a BuzzFeed story — which unearthed a 2002 audio clip from the Howard Stern show. In the Sept. 11, 2002 clip, Stern asked Trump if he supported invading Iraq, and Trump replied: “Yeah, I guess so.”
He added: “I wish the first time it was done correctly.”
When the town hall resumed, Cooper asked Trump if he remembered saying that.
“No,” Trump said. “But I mean, I could have said that. Nobody asked me. I wasn’t a politician, it was probably the first time anybody asked me that question.”
Trump went on to say that there are headlines in 2003, 2004 that prove that he was against the war in Iraq.
“By the time that war started, I was against the war,” he said.
Anderson pushed on whether Trump thought the clip was accurate.
“I don’t remember that, but it was probably the first time I was asked about it,” Trump said. “By the time the war started, I was against it, and shortly thereafter I was really against it.”
Just a short while before, Trump was criticizing President George W. Bush’s decision to go into Iraq after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Trump said that Bush’s choice “may have been the worst decision ever made by any president in history.”
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