DONALD TRUMP said he knows who was behind the deadly 9/11 terror attack in New York, declaring: “Iraq did not knock down the World Trade Centre.”
The US president also criticised George W. Bush’s decision to invade the country. Mr Trump spoke out about the al-Qaeda terror attacks against the US on September 11 2001 that changed the world forever. The US President said Iraq had been wrongly blamed for 9/11 and branded it a “terrible decision” to wage war against the Middle East. He told ABC News: “It was a terrible decision to go into the Middle East. Terrible.
“We’re now up to almost $8tn (£6.4tn).
“And when we want to build a roadway, a highway, a school, or something, everyone’s always fighting over money.
“It’s ridiculous. So that was a bad decision.
“And, by the way, Iraq did not knock down the World Trade Centre.
“It was not Iraq. It were other people. And I think I know who the other people were.
“And you might also. But it was a terrible decision.”
Mr Trump made these remarks when asked why he had in the past praised dictator Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea.
The US President explained he often says “good things about lots of people” to continue saying he has done “a great job” despite everyone thinking he would drag the country to war the day after he was elected in November 2016.
A total of 2,977 people were killed in the attacks organised and carried out by Al-Qaeda on September 11 2001.
As many as 19 terrorists, most of whom were Saudis like the leader of Al-Quaeda, Osama Bin Laden, hijacked four planes and crashed them against the Western Ring of the Pentagon, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and in Stonycreek Township.
The atrocity, which has become the deadliest terrorist act in world history and the most devastating foreign attack on US soil since Pearl Harbor, was immediately claimed by Bin Laden’s group.
The attack triggered a war against terror launched by the then-US President Mr Bush, who just weeks later responded by sending troops to Afghanistan, where Bin Laden and other leading members of Al-Qaeda were sheltered.
But 9/11 was also used by Washington as a reason to invade Iraq in 2003, a war that killed 4,000 Americans and 179 British troops, thousands of Iraqi civilians and heavily contributed to the rise to fame of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, ISIS.
This is not the first time Mr Trump criticised how the US Government handled 9/11.
During a Republican primary debate, the then-candidate blamed former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush for not killing Bin Laden.
He said: “The World Trade Centre came down because Bill Clinton didn’t kill Osama bin Laden when he had the chance to kill him.
“And George Bush… by the way, George Bush had the chance, also, and he didn’t listen to the advice of his CIA.”