Of the many terrible things Donald Trump has said in the past months, the fact that he would wholeheartedly engage in classified torture and waterboard detainees is one of the most horrific. It violates both ethical and logical sense, although facts have never deterred Trump.
CIA Director John Brennan came out strongly against this facet of Trump’s policies and said in an interview with NBC News on Monday that, “I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard banded about because this institution needs to endure…[I would] not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again.”
Trump thought this line of reasoning was preposterous, telling “Fox and Friends” that, “I think his comments are ridiculous…I mean, [ISIS] chops off heads and they drown people in cages with 50 in cage, in big steel, heavy cages, drop ‘em right into the water, drown people and we can’t waterboard and we can’t do anything.”
“Can you imagine these ISIS people sitting around, eating and talking about this country won’t allow waterboarding and they just chopped off 50 heads?” he continued.
Trump has also called for “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding” in the past.
When faced with the reality that military officials would most likely not agree to his torture schemes, Trump emphatically claimed during a GOP debate that, “They’re not gonna refuse me.”
However, it seems as though Brennan, thankfully, did just that.
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