Donald Trump has been lying about opposing the Iraq war before it happened.
The Republican presidential front-runner has repeatedly insisted he was not in favor of the 2003 war, undoubtedly to prove that he has a better understanding on foreign policy than the rest of his competitors.
Of course, he opposed the invasion once it became a clear disaster, but there had never been any evidence of him publicly stating this pre-war position — until now.
In the interview, which took place on Sept. 11, 2002, Stern asked Trump if he was for invading Iraq.
“Yeah I guess so,” Trump responded. “I wish the first time it was done correctly.”
Here’s the actual audio of the conversation, unearthed by the Buzzfeed News.
Furthermore, Trump called the invasion a "tremendous success from a military standpoint" and predicted it would have a profound impact on Wall Street in an interview with Fox News' Neil Cavuto — just one day into the military incursion.
“Well, I think Wall Street’s waiting to see what happens but even before the fact they’re obviously taking it a little bit for granted and it looks like a tremendous success from a military standpoint and I think this is really nothing compared to what you’re gonna see after the war is over,” Trump told Cavuto on March 21, 2003.
“I think Wall Street’s just gonna go up like a rocket, even beyond, and it’s gonna continue and, you know, we have a strong and powerful country and let’s hope it all works out,” Trump added.
BuzzFeed was also able to dig up this audio:
Frankly, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the real estate mogul has lied all throughout his presidential campaign.
“I’m the only one on this stage that said, ‘Do not go into Iraq. Do not attack Iraq.’ Nobody else on this stage said that,” Trump said at a GOP debate earlier this month. “And I said it loud and strong. And I was in the private sector. I wasn’t a politician, fortunately. But I said it, and I said it loud and clear, 'You’ll destabilize the Middle East.' That’s exactly what happened.”
Meanwhile, the presidential hopeful brushed off the revelation on Thursday, saying his pre-war comments aren’t worth scrutinizing because back then he wasn’t a politician but just a private businessman.
“I could have said that,” Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper when asked about the controversy.
Watch his complete response in the video below: