Donald Trump repeats calls for return of waterboarding

July 2, 2016 3:30 pm

Presumptive Republican
presidential candidate speaks at the 2016 Western
Conservative Summit on July 1, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. (AFP photo)

Presumptive Republican
presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeated calls for the return of
the waterboarding torture technique against terrorism suspects, saying,
“I like it a lot.”

“You have to fight fire with fire,”
said Trump, after referring to beheadings by the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist
group, The Hill reported on Friday.
He made the comments at a rally in the state of Ohio.
“What do you think about waterboarding?” Trump asked the crowd. “I like it a lot,” he said. “I don’t think it’s tough enough.”
“They
[Daesh] can do chopping off heads, drowning people in steel cages, they
can do whatever they want to do,” the real estate tycoon complained.
Waterboarding,
which was used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on terror
suspects after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, was banned by the
government in 2006.
Trump’s campaign has been marked by
controversy from the beginning, including disparaging remarks about
women, Mexican immigrants and Muslims.
The New York billionaire
secured the majority of delegates needed to claim the presidential
nomination last month, but he continues to face opposition from many
Republican officials and activists who believe he could damage the party
for years to come.
Both Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary
Clinton are viewed unfavorably by most Americans and neither candidate
prompts much excitement among the electorate, according to a recent
poll.
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