Rep. Seth Moulton: Trump crossed line by praising Saddam Hussein

03/23/2016  BOSTON    Globe reporter Josh Miller (cq) (left) interviews Congressman Seth Moulton (cq) at Suffolk University in Boston.   (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
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BOSTON (AP) — Congressman and Iraq War veteran Seth Moulton is criticizing Donald Trump for praising former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s ruthlessness.

Moulton said Wednesday that no one who served in the war, regardless of whether they agreed with the conflict, would ever praise Hussein. The Massachusetts Democrat called Hussein one of the worst dictators of the 20th century.

The Republican presidential hopeful said Tuesday that Hussein was a “bad guy” but that he knew how to kill terrorists.

Moulton served four tours of duty in Iraq. He says he takes Trump’s comments personally.

Moulton says Trump crossed a line by praising an enemy leader who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American service members, some of whom were Moulton’s friends.

Moulton is backing Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

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