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Trump: I'll Know The Difference Between Hamas And Hezbollah "When It’s Appropriate"


Posted on September 3, 2015, at 7:03 p.m. ET

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Republican frontrunner Donald Trump appeared to be unfamiliar with well-known terrorist groups and leaders in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday.

Trump was unable to explain the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah and mixed up Iran's Quds Force with Kurdish people in the interview with Hewitt, conducted on the same day that Trump signed a loyalty pledge with the Republican Party promising not to run as an independent.

Hewitt told Trump he was going to "turn to some of the commander-in-chief questions" and asked him about Qasem Soleimani, the the commander of the Quds Force, a special operations force of the IRGC.

"He runs the Quds Forces," Hewitt said.

"Yes, okay, right," Trump responded. "The Kurds, by the way, have been horribly mistreated by …"

"No, not the Kurds, the Quds Forces, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Forces," Hewitt interjected.

Trump also avoided saying who exactly Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, Jabhat al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani, and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were when asked about them by Hewitt.

"I think by the time we get to office, they’ll all be changed," Trump said. "They’ll be all gone." Nasrallah has led Hezbollah since 1992.

Trump accused Hewitt of asking him "gotcha" questions and said Hewitt's asking him the difference between Hamas, Hezbollah, and Jabhat al-Nusra is "ridiculous."

When asked by Hewitt whether "the difference between Hezbollah and Hamas does not matter to you yet, but it will," Trump said, "It will when it’s appropriate. I will know more about it than you know, and believe me, it won’t take me long."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.