One of the most controversial decisions during the George W. Bush presidency was his call to invade Iraq in 2003. Costing the United States trillions, Republican nominee Donald Trump is now asking if members of the military got their hands on some of the missing funds in order to live a lavish lifestyle.

Trump on Iraq War vets

Trump's relationship with veterans has been a mixed bag. Despite claiming to be "great" for veterans and members of the military, Trump and his campaign still can't account for $1.5 million in charity money that was allegedly raised during a fundraiser in January.

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During a campaign rally in Greensboro, N.C. on Tuesday, Trump questioned the behavior of soldiers during their time serving in the Iraq War, as reported by The Hill on June 14.

"How about bringing baskets of money, millions and millions of dollars, and handing it out?" Trump said, in reference to reconstruction funds that were lost during the war in Iraq.

Donald Trump, creative commons via Flickr
Donald Trump, creative commons via Flickr

"I want to know, who were the soldiers that had the job?" Trump rhetorically asked the crowd, stating, "I think they’re living very well right now, whoever they might be."

The former host of "The Apprentice" quickly faced backlash, forcing campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks to attempt to clarify Trump's statement. "Mr. Trump was referring to Iraqi soldiers," Hicks told NBC News, while many still question whether or not Trump's comments were directed at U.S. soldiers and veterans.

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Election forecast

Ever since clinching the Republican nomination last month, the Trump campaign has been on a downward spiral. From dealing with the upcoming Trump University fraud case, including his comments about the "Mexican" judge handling the case, to questionable remarks about an African-American man at his recent rally, to his statement in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, Trump has seen a sharp drop in the polls.

According to the latest Bloomberg Politics poll, likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is leading Trump by double-digits, 49 percent to 37 percent.

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