Trump in 2011: ‘We Should Go in’ and Take out Gaddafi ‘Very Quickly’
Trump Says Removing Gaddafi Was Mistake, But Pushed For Libya Intervention In 2011 (BuzzFeed)
“Now we should go in, we should stop this guy which would be very easy and very quick.” The comments leave an opening for rivals like Ted Cruz, who have panned the intervention.
Donald Trump often rails against U.S. interventions in the Middle East that topple dictators whose exits lead to unstable regional consequences like the rise of ISIS and other terrorists groups.
But one intervention he has subsequently come to pan — the 2011 U.S. intervention in Libya, which led to the toppling of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi — Trump very loudly called for on humanitarian grounds.