This morning, the hosts of Fox & Friends asked real estate mogul and presidential hopeful Donald Trump how he planned to gain the national security credentials necessary to sit in the Oval Office. An indignant Trump responded that “I probably have more experience than anybody” in the GOP field because of his international business dealings, and said that the way he “screwed” Col. Muammar Qaddafi on a land deal is a blueprint for how the United States should deal with foreign leaders:
TRUMP: I’ve been interacting with leaders of countries and leaders of business all over the world for all of my life. I think you guys probably know that better than anybody. I think I probably have more experience than anybody, whether I sell them real estate for tremendous amounts of money, I mean I’ve dealt with everybody. And by the way I could tell you something else — I dealt with Gaddafi. What’d I do with Gaddafi? I rented him a piece of land, he paid me more for one night than the land was worth for the whole year, two years, and then I didn’t let him use the land! That’s what we should be doing. I don’t want to use the word ‘screwed,’ but I screwed him!
Trump did pressure Gaddafi not to stay at the land he rented him, but it seems he didn’t even realize who he was renting to at first, and acted only after local officials and members of Congress spoke out against the deal. Also this weekend, Trump shared another blueprint for foreign policy success: adopting Saddam Hussein’s terror policies. “Whether you like Saddam Hussein or not, and I don’t—he was a bad guy—but he used to shoot the terrorists; he used to kill them,” Trump said. “He didn’t give them a trial like this country, where the trial lasts for 21 years.”