NEW YORK (CBSDC/AP) — Billionaire Donald Trump continues to tease a potential presidential run.
Appearing on Fox News Wednesday evening, Trump reiterated he will announce in June what his intentions are in regards to 2016.
“I’m gearing up and we’ll see what happens,” Trump said on “The Kelly File.”
The “Apprentice” star said he wants to make America “great again.”
“I want to make the country great again,” he said. “This country is a hellhole. We are going down fast.”
Trump weighed in on Jeb Bush, stating that the former Florida governor doesn’t look like he wants to be running for president.
“I think he’s a reluctant warrior,” Trump said of Bush. “I think he doesn’t want to be running. I don’t know why he’s running. He looks unhappy. He looks like he doesn’t want to be there.”
The former Florida governor was tripped up the other week after being asked about the 2003 Iraq War invasion launched by his brother, former President George W. Bush. When asked whether, knowing what he knows today, he would have ordered the 2003 invasion, Jeb Bush sidestepped the question for several days, before ultimately saying he would not have done so.
Despite believing the U.S. never should’ve invaded Iraq, Trump states that U.S. troops should’ve been left in the Middle Eastern country.
“It’s the fault of Bush for going in. It’s the fault of Obama for getting out,” Trump told Fox News. “It’s a disaster. The war should’ve never happened and once it did happen, you should’ve at least kept the troops in. It’s really a double fault.
“We decapitated Iraq and now Iran has taken over the entire Middle East.”
Trump also said that the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is not working.
“It’s a total disaster. We’re losing it so badly. They’re cutting off the heads of every Christian they can find,” he said.
Jeb Bush also criticized Obama’s ISIS strategy during a stop in New Hampshire.
blamed the Democratic president for allowing the rise of the violent extremist group that has captured vast parts of Iraq and Syria.
Obama has no strategy to “take out” the Islamic State group and “restore some stability in Iraq,” Bush said.
But when asked after his campaign event how he would act to contain the Islamic State group in Iraq if elected president, Bush declined to offer any specifics, saying he would rely on the advice of America’s military leaders.
“I would take the best advice you could get from the military, make decisions based on that — conditions on the ground,” Bush told a group of reporters.
Islamic State militants scored a major victory in Iraq this week when they overtook the city of Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province, which saw heavy fighting after the U.S. invasion in 2003.
Obama pledged during his 2008 campaign to end the war in Iraq and ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 2011. Bush, as have other Republicans, argued that Obama could have negotiated more firmly with the Iraqi government to keep a small force in the country to conduct counterterrorism missions and provide training to the Iraqi army.
“The surge created a fragile but stable Iraq that the president could have built on,” Bush said, referring to an increase in U.S. forces in the country ordered in 2007 by his brother, former President George W. Bush.
The Iraqi government demanded any troops left in Iraq who broke the law be subject to Iraqi law, not U.S. military courts. The Obama administration refused to agree to the terms.
“Knowing what you know now, Mr. President, would you, should you, have kept 10,000 troops in Iraq? Or 15,000 or 4,000?” Bush said. “ISIS didn’t exist when my brother was president. Al Qaeda in Iraq was wiped out when my brother was president.”
Last year, Obama returned a few thousand U.S. troops to Iraq in response to the Islamic State group’s move from neighboring Syria into Iraq, but their role is limited to training and advising. A U.S.-led coalition is carrying out daily airstrikes on ISIS targets in Iraq.
(TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)