Trump blasts Tony Blair for Iraq War

New York, May 17 (IANS) The US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has attacked former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for the Iraq War “disaster”, saying he did a “terrible job” by invading.

In an interview with ITV, Trump warned that the Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 invasion, which will finally be published on July 6, will not look good for the former Labour PM. “I don’t see it as war crimes. I just think he goes down as somebody who did a terrible job.”

“(President George W.) Bush got us into it, that’s a terrible, terrible thing that happened,” he said.

“Tony Blair made a mistake. You can’t just go in haphazardly. You folks got involved in that mess just as we did and now look at it.”

Trump said British leaders should put the needs of their own country before that of America, and would get more respect if they stood up to US presidents.

“I’m surprised somebody would see the Bush relationship as being that important.”

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