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Donald Trump, on Russian TV Network, Criticizes U.S. Foreign Policy

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WASHINGTON—Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump criticized more than a decade of U.S. foreign policy and cast doubt on assertions that the Kremlin is attempting to meddle in the U.S. elections during a 10-minute interview broadcast on a television network controlled by the Russian government.

Mr. Trump’s interview, broadcast Thursday evening on RT America, came a day after the GOP candidate praised Russian President Vladimir Putin during a national TV appearance. His comments drew fire from other Republicans, who have been sharply critical of Russia’s behavior in the Middle East and with neighboring countries.

The RT America interview was conducted by the veteran radio and TV personality Larry King. Mr. King prefaced the interview by saying he and Mr. Trump “go back well over 30 years, I consider him a good friend.” Though Mr. King was shown live on the RT America television screen, Mr. Trump had telephoned into the program.

Mr. Trump spent much of the interview bemoaning the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the aftermath, saying the U.S. had spent “$6 trillion on that war” and that “we’re in far worse shape than if we had never gone over there.”

“We should have never gone into Iraq…but once we [were] in, Larry, we shouldn’t have gone out the way we got out,” he said, suggesting that the withdrawal of troops several years ago allowed Islamic State to control territory there.

He said both Democratic and Republican administrations had made mistakes in Iraq but that he would focus on how to deal with Islamic State.

“Let’s look to the future,” he said. “It’s been a catastrophe. The Middle East for this country has been a catastrophe.”

Hope Hicks, Mr. Trump’s spokeswoman, said in an email that “Mr. Trump recorded a short interview with Larry King for his podcast as a favor to Mr. King. What Larry King does with the interview content is up to him, we have nothing to do with it.”

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