Trump: US soldiers are 'afraid to fight' because of Geneva Conventions
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White House hopeful Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE on Wednesday said the Geneva Conventions are the reason U.S. soldiers are "afraid to fight."

“The problem is we have the Geneva Conventions, all sorts of rules and regulations, so the soldiers are afraid to fight,” Trump said at a campaign event in Appleton, Wis., less than a week before the state's primary.


Trump has repeatedly called for the use of enhanced interrogation techniques and last week, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, said he would authorize any means necessary for interrogating terror suspects, including waterboarding.

“We can’t waterboard, but [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] can chop off heads,” the celebrity businessman said on Wednesday.

Trump is in a tight race against Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem debate contenders take aim at Warren The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy This week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington MORE in the Badger State. Cruz leads the GOP front-runner by 3 points, according to RealClearPolitics poll average. A Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday found Cruz with a 10-point lead.

The Texas senator also got a significant endorsement on Tuesday from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who called Cruz "a principled constitutional conservative who can win."