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Trumps says invasion of Iraq, Afghanistan ‘worst single mistake’ in U.S. history

Donald Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump called former commander-in-chief George W. Bush’s decision to invade Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 2000s the “worst single mistake” in the country’s history.

Trump added that the decision to invade Afghanistan and Iraq was “worse than the Civil War that tore the country apart over slavery.”

“The worst single mistake ever made in the history of our country: going into the Middle East, by President Bush,” Trump told The Hill in an interview that was published on Wednesday and conducted in the Oval Office on Tuesday. “Obama may have gotten [U.S. soldiers] out wrong, but going in is to me the biggest single mistake made in the history of our country.”

Trump also added that it is considered catastrophic because the U.S. spent $7 trillion in the Middle East. “Now if you wanna fix a window some place they say, 'oh gee, let’s not do it.' Seven trillion, and millions of lives — you know, ‘cause I like to count both sides. Millions of lives,” he explained.

“To me, it's the worst single mistake made in the history of our country. Civil war you can understand. Civil war, civil war. That’s different. For us to have gone into the Middle East, and that was just, that was a bad day for this country, I will tell you.”

Different estimates exist on the costs of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which Trump has frequently criticized.

A recent estimate by Brown University put the cost, as of September 2017, and $5.6 trillion, a total that includes costs associated with the two U.S. wars, military action related to Pakistan and Syria, homeland security expenses and health-care costs for veterans of the wars, according to The Hill.

The Pentagon estimates total expenditures related to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria between 2001 and 2018 are $1.52 trillion.