“ISIS is making a tremendous amount of money because they have certain oil camps, certain areas of oil that they took away,” Trump said.
He continued: “They have some in Syria, some in Iraq. I would bomb the shit out of ’em. I would just bomb those suckers. That’s right. I’d blow up the pipes. I’d blow up every single inch. There would be nothing left. And you know what, you’ll get Exxon to come in there and in two months, you ever see these guys, how good they are, the great oil companies?
They’ll rebuild that sucker, brand new — it’ll be beautiful.”
Trump described a similar strategy to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who asked Trump whether he might be destroying the wealth of Iraq if he went after the country’s oil fields.
“There is no Iraq,” Trump responded. “Their leaders are corrupt.”
Cooper said Iraqis might disagree with him, but Trump pressed on.
“Excuse me, there are no Iraqis. They’re broken up into so many different factions,” he said.
Cooper also asked whether the US would need troops on the ground to protect the oil fields that Trump would rebuild after bombing ISIS out of them. Trump said he would put a “ring” of troops around the fields.
“You put a ring around them,” Trump said of the oil fields. “You put a ring.”
But if Trump had his way, the US wouldn’t be involved in these conflicts at all.
“I would love not to be over there,” Trump said. “That’s not our fight — that’s other people’s fights.”