During his aborted run as a GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump made much of his time in the media spotlight, never hesitating to criticize Obama's position on Libya during last year's conflict. As the Hill
reported Trump questioned why the U.S. was backing the Libyan rebels determined to oust former dictator Muammer Gaddafi, saying:
"What are we fighting for? They talk about the rebels. But I hear, on fairly good information, that the rebels are closely associated with Iran. And they're closely associated with al Qaeda."
According to Starzlife
Trump has now taken to his Twitter account to blame Obama for supporting the rebel uprising against Gaddafi, linking it to the death of the American ambassador and three of his staff. The Donald tweeted:
”We helped Libya & they killed our Ambassador & other Americans. I told you then we made a mistake in backing the so-called ‘rebels’. Go get the oil!”
“This is all about American weakness and an incompetent President. We threw our ally Mubarak overboard and Egypt is now our enemy. Great going Obama – Israel is in trouble.”
Libya's new President Mohamed al-Magarief has said
he believes al-Qaeda were involved in the embassy attack. Critics of the those that supported the rebels in their efforts to oust Gaddafi made many claims that al-Qaeda members were amongst the rebel fighters being backed by the NATO.
Trump's stance on the Libyan rebels is echoed by many concerned that attempts to oust President Assad from Syria will give greater authority to al-Qaeda members and Salafist extremists
taking advantage of the Assad opposition.