Donald Trump vows to “strengthen” laws to allow torture, waterboarding

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Sumter Civic Center in Sumter, South Carolina, February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Republican front-runner Donald Trump said he would “strengthen” laws to allow for the use of torture if he were elected president.

In an interview with “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson, Trump addressed the issue, which was raised during Thursday night’s GOP debate.

“We have an enemy in the Middle East that’s chopping off heads and drowning people in massive steel cages,” Trump told Dickerson, speaking of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. “We have an enemy that doesn’t play by the laws. You could say laws, and they’re laughing. They’re laughing at us right now. I would like to strengthen the laws so that we can better compete.”

“You know, it’s very tough to beat enemies that don’t have any, that don’t have any restrictions, all right? We have these massive restrictions. Now, I will always abide by the law, but I would like to have the law expanded,” Trump said.

“I happen to think that when you’re fighting an enemy that chops off heads, I happen to think that we should use something that’s stronger than we have right now. Right now, basically, waterboarding is essentially not allowed, as I understand it. … I would certainly like it to be, at a minimum, at a minimum to allow that.”

Trump discounted the argument that if the U.S. military used waterboarding, captured American soldiers and hostages could be subjected to worse treatment. Read More

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