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US should ‘seize Iraq’s oil fields’ says Trump

Would-be presidential rival says oil field profits would reimburse US for military campaign

US should ‘seize Iraq’s oil fields’ says Trump
President Obama to “get tough with Saudi Arabia” on oil prices, said Donald Trump

Outspoken
real estate mogul Donald Trump has urged President Obama to “get tough with
Saudi Arabia” on oil prices and said the US military should seize Iraq’s oil
fields.

The
reality TV star, who is weighing a presidential run in 2012, said OPEC had run
riot with oil prices and was forcing petrol costs to unrealistic levels.   

“Gasoline
prices are going to go to $5, $6, $7 and we don’t have anybody in Washington
that calls OPEC and says, “Fellas, it’s time. It’s over. You’re not going to do
it anymore,” Trump said during an appearance on ‘Good Morning America.’

“I’m
going to look ‘em in the eye and say, “Fellas, you’ve had your fun. Your fun is
over.

Saudi
Arabia is oil cartel OPEC’s largest exporter and a long-time ally of the United
States.

“They
wouldn’t even be there if it wasn’t for us.  If it weren’t for us, they
wouldn’t be there.  These 12 guys sit around a table and they say; ‘Let’s
just screw the United States,’” Trump said.

The real estate tycoon, who ranked 488th on Forbes magazine's 2010 list of the
world's billionaires, was equally controversial on the subject of Iraq.

The
US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 cost the Pentagon an estimated $1bn a week and
led to the death of at least 4,447 US military deaths. In compensation, Trump
said, the military should seize the country’s oil fields and funnel off the profits.

“We
go into Iraq. We have spent thus far, $1.5 trillion. We could have rebuilt
half of the United States. So, in the old days, you know when you had a
war, to the victor belong the spoils,” he said.

“You’re
not stealing anything. You’re taking - we’re reimbursing ourselves - at
least, at a minimum, and I say more. We’re taking back $1.5 trillion to
reimburse ourselves.”

Trump’s
controversial views have proved popular with the American public. An Associated
Press report said presidential polls showed growing support for his candidacy.
The billionaire has said he would spend upwards of $600m on a potential run.

Bilal 8 years ago

Compensation?? The US bombed Iraq, killed innocent civilians, destroyed peoples houses, businesses, land, their livelihoods. If anything the US should REBUILD the country it destroyed- DEMOLISHED. Nobody asked the US to invade did they? Iraq is a complete mess, there are millions of refugees and for what? You sit there on your throne and ignorantly point the finger and blurt out the first thing that comes to your mind. "To the victor belong the spoils of war.." You know I hope karma gets you on this one buddy.

Gaby 8 years ago

If this is the way the new candidate expects to solve their problems, expect the worst in the near future.

Mohamed 8 years ago

I like this guy! Makes a lot of economical sense. But the point he is missing is that US gov already has a lot of say in current oil prices. And not forgetting, the speculative investment bankers all based in and around NYC area.

Oh and who decided to lead the invasion of Iraq again?

Gaja 8 years ago

I Fully support this wise man. Way to go...

Fatima 8 years ago

Hilarious! off course the Americans will love him....and a proof of their immaculate taste was Bush!!! Straying away from that fact, spoils of war - sounds like a nice concept and an excuse to never stop... Americas' To do list will read as follows: War in Iraq, War in Iran, War in errr... the next OIL rich country....


Anon 8 years ago

Trump for President?? This is the biggest joke of the century! Now corporate america are gonna stop placing politicians in government and start placing business moguls? The US's "mistaken" evidence for WMDs is the first initiative for making your police run country the world police...no1 asked for you guys to invade a country with no threat...and the oil? US oil companies already hit jackpots on Iraq's oil with it's missing billions of US dollars...and 1.5$ trillion spent ?? spent on what? the money went to the pockets of the military industrial complex in YOUR country and ur to your top elites...so much for peace in the middle east....bottom line is no profits from peace...and this man is out for profit...double standards of the US policy

Basel A-Shaban 8 years ago

I have one thing to say to you Donald "You are Fired".

Raul 8 years ago

He wants reimbursement? America shouldn't have gone in then in the first place if all they are gonna do is cry about money spent. That same 1.5 trillion that they willingly spent they could also have willingly spent on their country. Wake up Trump, the truth is closer to home than you think!

Marijke 8 years ago

I think we have a male version of Sarah Palin! How can a man that built such an empire, who you would expect to be an intelligent man, blurt out such utter nonsense?

Marc 8 years ago

Wow. Trump's doing something I never thought anyone would ever be able to do. Make Sarah Palin look like a moderate.