President Donald Trump believes the biggest blunder in U.S. history was former President George W. Bush’s decision to send the military into the Middle East.
In an interview from the Oval Office with the Hill.TV, Trump made his case against his Republican predecessor.
“The worst single mistake ever made in the history of our country: going into the Middle East, by President Bush,” Trump said. “[President Barack] 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.”
“Because we spent $7 trillion in the Middle East,” Trump maintained. “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.”
Trump maintained Bush’s blunder was worse than even the Civil War, during which 620,000 American soldiers died.
“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.”
The Pentagon estimates total expenditures related to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria between 2001 and 2018 are $1.52 trillion, The Hill reported.