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Trump Flip-Flops Position on Intervention in Libya

Trump said Sunday he would have supported Gadhafi's removal with strikes

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    Donald Trump flipped his position Sunday on the American-led coalition’s intervention in Libya, NBC News reports. 

    Trump told CBS’ “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson he would have endorsed Moammar Gadhafi’s removal with “surgical” American strikes. 

    "I was never for strong intervention. I could have seen surgical where you take out Gadhafi and his group," Trump said Sunday. 

    This position contradicts the arguments he’s made in the past. In two separate interviews in October 2015, Trump told NBC’s Chuck Todd and CNN that the Middle East would be better off if the Libyan leader was still in power.

    During the primary race, Trump argued that Gadhafi should have stayed in power because his leadership benefited American interests — not that the methods to depose him were wrong.