Donald Trump: Saddam Hussein killed terrorists 'so good'

 Donald Trump is making headlines again – this time for praising former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for killing terrorists "so good."

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According to The Associated Press, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee made the controversial remarks at a campaign rally Tuesday in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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

He added, "Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism."

Trump has praised Hussein before. 

"Whether you like Saddam Hussein or not, he used to kill terrorists," he said at an event in New Hampshire in February, according to the Washington Post.

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Additionally, in October 2015, he told CNN's Jake Tapper that the world would be a better place if Hussein and Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi were still in power.

"Right now, Iraq is a training ground for terrorists," Trump said at the time. "Right now, Libya – nobody even knows Libya; frankly, there is no Iraq and there is no Libya. It's all broken up. They have no control. Nobody knows what's going on."

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign quickly condemned Trump's latest comments.

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“Donald Trump's praise for brutal strongmen seemingly knows no bounds," Jake Sullivan, a senior policy adviser, said in a statement Tuesday. "In reality, Hussein's regime was a sponsor of terrorism – one that paid families of suicide bombers who attacked Israelis, among other crimes. Trump's cavalier compliments for brutal dictators, and the twisted lessons he seems to have learned from their history, again demonstrate how dangerous he would be as commander-in-chief and how unworthy he is of the office he seeks.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., distanced himself from Trump's statements.

“(Saddam Hussein) was one of the 20th century’s most evil people," Ryan said in a Fox News interview Tuesday evening. "He was up there. He committed mass genocide against his own people using chemical weapons. Saddam Hussein was a bad guy.”

Critics also took to social media to weigh in. 

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