Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a rally with supporters in Fresno, Calif., on May 27, 2016.
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By Hallie Jackson and Alex Jaffe / NBC News
Updated: June 15, 2016 9:35 PM ET

Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested soldiers who embezzled funds from Iraqi reconstruction efforts were “living very well.”

“Iraq. Crooked as hell,” Trump said at a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina. “How about bringing baskets of money, millions and millions of dollars, and handing it out?” he asked. “I want to know who are the soldiers that had that job because I think they’re living very well right now, whoever they may be.”

Trump’s spokesperson insists he wasn’t referring to American military personnel. “Mr. Trump was referring to Iraqi soldiers,” Hope Hicks said to NBC News Tuesday evening…

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