The Washington Times - April 29, 2013, 07:44AM

Billionaire mogul Donald Trump said Monday that the United States, in the wake of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, should not intervene in the ongoing Syria conflict.

“Now what we’re going to be doing if we do this is funding al Qaeda,” he said during an appearance on “Fox and Friends.” “This is just ridiculous.”


If Syrian President Bashar Assad is overthrown, his weapons stockpiles — conventional and chemical — could fall into the wrong hands, Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” He implored the Arab League to take a more active role in the Syrian conflict.

“You have al Qaeda all over the country now, even knocking on Israel’s doorstep in the south, also looking to get better equipped through these stockpiles,” Mr. Rogers said. “It is horribly destabilizing. That’s why [the Arab League] need[s] to take a leadership role.”

Mr. Trump, who briefly flirted with a presidential run during the 2012 cycle, cited the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in his argument against getting into another foreign entanglement.

“From a human standpoint, we’ve been though this before,” he said. “Who knows what weapons they have? Who really knows what weapons they have? Wouldn’t you think maybe it’s time to stay out of one of these?”

Later during his appearance, Mr. Trump also discussed his firing Gary Busey during Sunday night’s episode of “Celebrity Apprentice,” saying while the mercurial actor just might be a genius, it was his time to go.

“I love Gary, and he’s a piece of work, and I’m not sure: Is he a genius or is he something the exact opposite?” Mr. Trump said. “He says pearls of wisdom that are amazing, actually, on occasion, but he is a strange cookie — there’s no question about it — and it was his time.”