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Saddam Hussein’s’ daughter praises Donald Trump, calls her father a ‘hero’

December 22, 2016

In her first interview since the death of her father 10 years ago, Raghad Saddam Hussein, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s eldest daughter, has praised U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for showing “a high level of political sensibility … vastly different from the one who preceded him.”

Raghad, who has been living in Jordan since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, also commended the leadership of her deceased father, calling him, “a hero, courageous, nationalistic, a symbol to millions of people.” Media reports of brutality, purges, and genocides under Saddam Hussein’s rule, she added, were mostly made up, though, she added, sometimes necessary because Iraq is a difficult country to rule “and it’s only now that people are realizing it.”

Her relationship with her father, Raghad conceded, lost its “luster” after the notorious dictator lured her sister and their husbands back to the country after they’d defected. He promised them amnesty, but upon their return promptly had her husband and her sister’s husband killed. She added that her children do not blame her family for their father’s death, and that Saddam had “remained satisfied, grateful and proud of [her]” until his “last moment.”

Raghad also clarified her role in her father’s government — namely that neither she, her two sisters, nor her mother had any say in the decisionmaking. “The women of the family were not allowed to contribute,” she recalled. “They only answered when they were asked — and they were never asked.” She also went on to address accusations that she supports the extremist terror group ISIS in the interview. The conversation was conducted by phone and more of it can be heard in the video below.

Read the full story at CNN.


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