Trump: ‘I Would Have Taken’ bin Laden Out
HANNITY: "Let me play for you -- I want to add another element to this whole how come America wasn't prepared for 9/11. In a little known speech on Long Island that Bill Clinton gave in February of 2002, the audio's a little sketchy, but I want you to pay close attention where he said, well, you know, we knew he wanted to commit crimes against America, but I had no legal basis to take him. And I think he missed the opportunity. You had published two years earlier what a bad guy bin Laden was. Listen to Clinton admit that he could have gotten him but he failed to take action. Listen to this."
CLINTON: "Well, Mr. bin Laden used to live in Sudan. He was expelled from Saudi Arabia in 1991, then he went to Sudan. And we’d been hearing that the Sudanese wanted America to start dealing with them again. They released him. At the time, 1996, he had committed no crime against America, so I did not bring him here because we had no basis on which to hold him, though we knew he wanted to commit crimes against America. So I pleaded with the Saudis to take him, ’cause they could have. But they thought it was a hot potato and they didn’t and that’s how he wound up in Afghanistan."
HANNITY: "So the key words are 'he committed no crimes against America, so I didn't bring him here because we had no basis on which to hold him even though we knew he wanted to commit crimes against America. And here's the point. In 2000, you identified him as a citizen, a private citizen, and Bill Clinton knew he wanted to commit crimes against America, had the opportunity to get him, and didn't take him? Doesn't he bear that responsibility?"
TRUMP: "Well, he made a mistake, but I will tell you that if I were there, I would have taken him out. I wrote about him in my book, and when I talk about the World Trade Center, that was the first attack which was, compared to what happened, ultimately relatively minor. But I talk about Osama bin laden in my book and people can't believe it. They're just starting to read that book. That was the only political book I had ever done and people are just starting to read that book and they can't believe I mentioned the name Osama bin Laden. Remember, you --he's gonna crawl under a rock, but we have to get him. And Clinton made a mistake. And frankly, bush should have taken him out. Somebody should have taken him out. I think my immigration policies would have gone a long way to helping this also, Sean."