- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday that he’s “probably the last on the trigger” and highlighted his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq when asked about the prospect of handling the United States’ nuclear codes.

“I’m probably the last on the trigger,” Mr. Trump said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I was against the war in Iraq. Other people were for it. Hillary Clinton was for it.”

Mr. Trump had been asked how he can convince people that they can trust him with the nuclear codes.

“I was never for it. I was against it,” Mr. Trump said of Iraq. “Before it ever started, I was against it.”

“I was against it for years, and [former President George W.] Bush used to hate me for being so against it,” he said.

“So they made a horrible decision, but Hillary Clinton voted for it,” Mr. Trump said. “And by the way, they did not knock down the World Trade Center, OK — just so we get that straight. You know, Iraq did not knock down the World Trade Center, which is in theory why we went in there and went after [them].”

More recently, the Obama administration rebuked Mr. Trump’s comments that Japan and South Korea could build up nuclear arsenals in the near future.

And at a recent MSNBC town hall, Mr. Trump was asked if he would take the threat of using nuclear weapons, including in Europe, off the table. He said it was unlikely but that he wasn’t “taking cards off the table.”

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