Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was asked when America stopped being great and he said, “I was very unhappy with the Bush years and very unhappy when Bush went into Iraq.”
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday, Trump said he wants to be president because “I want to make America great again. Very simple. I want to make America great again. And we can do it.” (VIDEO: Trump Clarifies Clinton Attack Strategy: ‘There’s So Many Things To Attack Them On’)
Host Joe Scarborough asked Trump when did America stop being great.
“I was very unhappy with the Bush years,” Trump replied. “I was very unhappy with the fact that Bush went into Iraq.”
“I was as you know in 2003 and 2004, even though I’m a builder and deal guy, I got always a lot of publicity for whatever reason, OK. I didn’t have PR people. I just got — for whatever reason. And once somebody said about Iraq. And I said, ‘Don’t do it because you are going to destabilize the Middle East.’ That was a bad step. That was a horrible step,” Trump insisted.
“Then Obama came in and it’s been a disaster. It’s been a disaster,” Trump said. “We’re not a respected country anymore, our military is going to hell, our veterans aren’t treated property. Obamacare is a disaster, it’s got to be repealed, replaced.”
“The whole persona of our country is different. And I said I’m going to do this. And it wasn’t something I really wanted to do. Frankly, I wish Obama were a great president. I would be happy, I’d be happy doing what I’m doing,” Trump insisted.
“I have some of the greatest jobs in the world, I may never see it again,” Trump argued. “If I win, I may never see these things again. So I love what I’m doing. I love running. One thing I’ve learned is I get the biggest crowds by far. Much bigger than Bernie Sanders, much bigger than anybody, not even close. And you know that. And he gets second, by the way, but mine are much bigger. I will tell you, the people are incredible of this country, and they are really, really smart. They get it. And I’m very impressed by it.”