Trump mocks George W. Bush, calls Iraq invasion 'single worst decision ever made'

President Donald Trump took a dig at George W. Bush during a speech to Republican donors on Saturday, calling the former president’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003 “the single worst decision ever made.”

Trump, whose shifting position on the Iraq War is well-documented, said the decision was akin to “throwing a big fat brick into a hornet’s nest.” CNN first reported Trump’s remarks, delivered at a fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. 

“Here we are, like the dummies of the world, because we had bad politicians running our country for a long time,” Trump said. He went on to mock fellow Republican Bush, sarcastically calling him a “real genius” over his decision to invade Iraq.

He also scorned the CIA over its flawed information about Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein harboring weapons of mass destruction.

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George W. Bush's scandalous nicknames for world leaders and other politicians

"Bama" and "Rock" — Barack Obama, Bush's successor as President.

Source: Late Night With Conan O'Brien

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"Pootie Poot" and "Ostrich Legs" — Vladimir Putin, President of Russia since 2000.

Source: BBC

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"Bushie" — mutual nickname with Laura Bush, Bush's wife and former First Lady of the United States.

Source: Laura Bush: America's First Lady

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"Poppy, 41, Old Man" — George H. W. Bush, Bush's father and 41st President of the United States.

Source: CNN

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"Big Time", "Vice" — Dick Cheney, Bush's Vice President.

Source: New York Magazine

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"Condi", "Guru" — Condoleezza Rice, Bush's Secretary of State

Source: New York Magazine

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"Hogan" — John McCain, Arizona senator and one-time Republican presidential nominee.

Source: New York Magazine

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"Boner" — John Boehner, who served as chair of the House of Education committee and, later, House Majority leader during Bush's time in the White House.

Source: Rolling Stone

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"Landslide" — Tony Blair, the Prime Minister of the UK form 1997 to 2007.

Source: New York Magazine

(Photo by Charlie Bibby/Financial Times Pool via Getty Images)

"Shoes" — Silvio Berlusconi, the Prime Minister of Italy between 2001 and 2011 (with a brief gap).

Source: TIME

(Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

"Conan the Republican" — Arnold Schwarzenegger, former California governor and movie star.

Source: MSNBC

AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB 

"Big Boy" — Chris Christie, the scandal-ridden governor of New Jersey.

Source: The Daily Caller

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"Ellis" — Chuck Schumer, longtime New York senator and current Minority Leader.

Source: NewYorkMetro.com

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"The Cobra" — Maureen Dowd, esteemed New York Times columnist.

Source: New York Magazine

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)

"Boy Genius, Turd Blossom, the Architect" — Karl Rove, Bush's senior adviser.

Source: New York Magazine

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"Tiny" — Richard Armitage, Bush's Deputy Secretary of State.

Source: PBS

(Photo by Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

"Brother George" — George Tenet, former CIA director.

Source: About.com

(Photo David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)

"The World's Greatest Hero" — Colin Powell, Bush's Secretary of State.

Source: New Statesman

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"Ari-Bob" — Ari Fleischer, White House Press Secretary during the Bush era.

Source: Jewish Journal

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"Ali & Frazier" Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, Democratic Senators from California. Boxer was Ali and Feinstein was Frazier.

Source: New York Magazine

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"Rummy" — Donald Rumsfeld, Bush's Secretary of Defense.

Source: About.com

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

"Stretch/Little Stretch" — David Gregory, famous NBC journalist.

Source: Snopes

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"Freddy Boy, Freddo" — Fred Upton, Republican congressman from Michigan.

Source: CNN

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

"Panchito" — Frank Bruni, New York Times reporter who covered Bush's 2000 campaign.

Source: The Nation

(Photo by: Scott Mlyn/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

"Barty, Bart, Danny Boy, Captain Dan, Dan the Man" — Dan Bartlett, Bush's Deputy Chief of Staff.

Source: The Washington Post

(Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

"Pedro" — Peter King, Republican senator from New York

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“That turned out to be wonderful intelligence. Great intelligence agency there,” Trump joked. 

As CNN noted, Trump has used this faulty assessment about the WMDs to question the reliability of the U.S. intelligence community, particularly regarding its conclusions about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Though Trump repeatedly insisted through his presidential campaign that he’d long been opposed to the Iraq War, even saying in a June 2016 that he was among its “earliest” critics, the record suggests otherwise.

In a much-reported exchange with with radio host Howard Stern in September 2002, Trump expressed tepid support for the war, saying “Yeah, I guess so” when asked if he supported the impending invasion of Iraq.

In March 2003, one day after the invasion, Trump told Fox News that the conflict appeared to be “a tremendous success from a military standpoint.”

Trump’s excoriation of Bush wasn’t the only part of his fundraiser speech that made headlines. He also praised Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent power grab in his remarks.

He’s now president for life, president for life. And he’s great,” Trump said, referring to Beijing’s decision to scrap presidential term limits, setting the stage for Xi to rule indefinitely. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.” 

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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