Trump: US soldiers are 'afraid to fight' because of Geneva Conventions
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White House hopeful Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJury in Jussie Smollett trial begins deliberations Pence says he'll 'evaluate' any requests from Jan. 6 panel Biden's drug overdose strategy pushes treatment for some, prison for others 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 CruzInstagram chief gets bipartisan grilling over harm to teens McConnell faces GOP pushback on debt deal Democrats seek to avoid internal disputes over Russia and China 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."