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Trump praises late Iraqi leader Saddam as terrorist killer

  • Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, July 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, July 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2006 file photo, former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein sits in court in Baghdad, Iraq, during the "Anfal" trial against him. Republican Donald Trump is again praising the former Iraqi President Hussein's ruthlessness, saying he killed terrorists "so good." Trump was speaking at a rally Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in North Carolina when he turned to the former Iraqi leader. (AP Photo/Chris Hondros, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2006 file photo, former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein sits in court in Baghdad, Iraq, during the "Anfal" trial against him. Republican Donald Trump is again praising the former Iraqi President Hussein's ruthlessness, saying he killed terrorists "so good." Trump was speaking at a rally Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in North Carolina when he turned to the former Iraqi leader. (AP Photo/Chris Hondros, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 1, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the opening session of the Western Conservative Summit in Denver. Trump is again praising former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's ruthlessness, saying he killed terrorists "so good." Trump was speaking at a rally Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in North Carolina when he turned to the former Iraqi leader. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

    FILE - In this July 1, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the opening session of the Western Conservative Summit in Denver. Trump is again praising former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's ruthlessness, saying he killed terrorists "so good." Trump was speaking at a rally Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in North Carolina when he turned to the former Iraqi leader. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)  (The Associated Press)

Republican Donald Trump is again praising former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's ruthlessness, saying he killed terrorists "so good."

Trump was speaking in North Carolina when he cited the former Iraqi leader.

"Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? ... But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good," Trump said. He added: "They didn't read 'em the rights .. They were a terrorist, it was over."

Trump has previously said the world would be "100 percent better" if dictators like Hussein and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi were still in power. Prior to the U.S. invasion, Iraq was listed by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Jake Sullivan, policy adviser for Hillary Clinton, said Trump's "praise for brutal strongmen seemingly knows no bounds."