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Donald Trump waffled Friday on whether he supported the Iraq war and whether President George W. Bush lied to the nation to get the United States into the conflict.
“He could have lied. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. I guess you’d have to ask him,” he said on TODAY.
Trump has repeatedly accused the former president of lying about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which were never found. He also has insisted he never supported the war, but a 2002 interview with Howard Stern, tracked down by Buzzfeed, revealed he half-heartedly backed the effort
“Yeah, I guess so," Trump told Stern at the time when asked directly. "I wish the first time it was done correctly.”
On TODAY, Trump continued to decry Bush’s decision to enter Iraq, calling it “maybe the worst decision every made by the United States.”
But he denied using the campaign trail to exaggerate how strong he has opposed the Iraq war. He said at the time of the Stern interview, "I wasn't a politician. Nobody really cared about my opinion. That was just a question asked of me as a civilian. I was an entrepreneur."
Trump also was asked about his war of words with Pope Francis, after condemning comments the pontiff made Thursday during his visit to Mexico. The pope suggested Trump wasn’t a Christian because of his hard line immigration agenda.
Trump fired back, calling it "disgraceful" for the pope to question his faith. On TODAY, Trump was asked whether it was hypocritical given how he has questioned the faith of his closest Republican rival, Ted Cruz.
"I’m not questioning his faith. I’m just saying Ted Cruz holds up the bible and then lies," he said.