Donald Trump said Sunday that as president, he would not have acted to protect civilians in Libya until they agreed to write a big check the U.S.
"Why aren't they paying us?" Trump asked CNN's Candy Crowley. "When they said that you should have said, we'll go in. We want $5 billion. We have already spent $1.5 billion on fighting Gaddafi. We want $5 billion right now and we'll go in. You know what? That's peanuts to them. They'd give you a check in two seconds."
The billionaire also said he was nostalgic for a time when the U.S. could claim the resources of defeated nations.
"In the old days when you have a war and you win, that nation is yours," he said. "Either I go in and take the oil or I don't go in at all."
"Just take their oil?" Crowley asked.
"Absolutely," Trump replied. "I'd take the oil, give them plenty so they can live very happily. I'd take the oil."
Watch this video from CNN's State of the Union, broadcast April 17, 2011.