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Trump: Waterboarding isn't torture

Trump: Waterboarding isn't torture
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Waterboarding doesn't constitute torture, President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE said Thursday, reiterating his past argument that it is an effective way to gather intelligence.

 

“I mean, torture is real torture, OK? Waterboarding is — I'm sure it's not pleasant, but waterboarding was just short of torture,” he said in an interview with Fox News's Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityMcCarthy dings Biden after meeting: Doesn't have 'energy of Donald Trump' Jenner says she didn't vote in 2020: 'I just couldn't get excited about it' White House says Biden won't 'underestimate Trump' if he runs in 2024 MORE. “When — you know, all of a sudden, they made it torture.”

 

“I spoke with people the other day who are in this world that were talking about it. Absolutely, it works. Absolutely," he said.

 

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In an interview with ABC anchor David Muir that aired Wednesday, Trump said he would consider reauthorizing banned interrogation methods, including the use of torture. But, he said, he would only do so with the advice of his national security team.

 

“If they don’t want to do, that’s fine,” he told Muir. “If they do want to do, then I will work toward that end. I want to do everything within the bounds of what you're allowed to do legally. But do I feel it works? Absolutely, I feel it works.”

But Secretary of Defense James MattisJames Norman MattisBiden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal would save lives of US troops, diplomats The soft but unmatched power of US foreign exchange programs MORE has denounced the practice. Trump told Hannity that he would respect Mattis’s decision but reiterated that he believed waterboarding is effective.

"Now, General Mattis said that he doesn't intend to use it,” he said. “I'm with him all the way. Do I believe it works? Yes, I do.”