Trump's speech, billed as his major foreign policy rollout, was riddled with errors and contradictions. Here are four things he got wrong:
Hillary Clinton Didn’t Answer the Call
Here's part of what he said: "Then, instead of taking charge that night, Hillary Clinton decided to go home and sleep. Incredible. By the way, she was not awake to take that call at 3 o'clock in the morning."
Hours of witness testimony, as well and both independent and congressional reports, directly contradict his suggestion that Clinton was unavailable that day. First, there was no 3 a.m. call. The attacks occurred at 3:42 in that afternoon, ET.
Ultimately, the White House argued, through its military leadership, that no teams outside the country were able to get to Benghazi in time to save lives. That response was heavily criticized, but there is no evidence Clinton was unresponsive. Her own emails, recently released to the public, show that she was awake past 11 p.m. that night.
ISIS Makes Millions From Libyan Oil
In the same breath that he falsely accused Clinton of sleeping through the Benghazi attack, Trump claimed that ISIS is now making millions of dollars off Libyan oil sales. "And now ISIS is making millions and millions of dollars a week selling Libya oil,” Trump said. "And you know what? We don't blockade, we don't bomb, we don't do anything about it. It's almost as if our country doesn't even know what's happening, which could be a fact and could be true."
He has made this false statement before, also in the context of blaming Clinton for destroying Libya. The fact is that ISIS does fund itself through the sale of oil, but not in Libya. The Washington Post did an entire piece on the inaccuracy of that and a similar statement he previously made, concluding ultimately that ISIS has not claimed any oil at all in Libya.
”I Was Totally Against the War in Iraq”
"Only 4 of 28 other member countries besides America, are spending the minimum required 2 percent of GDP on defense,” Trump said (the number is actually five).
"The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense, and if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves," he addd. "We have no choice."
Yet just moments later, he talked about the importance of sticking with allies, this time in reference to Israel. "Your friends need to know that you will stick by the agreements that you have with them. You've made that agreement, you have to stand by it and the world will be a better place.”
Later he put it in a way that seemed to directly contradict his threats to NATO. “We've picked fights with our oldest friends, and now they're starting to look elsewhere for help. Remember that. Not good,” he added.