If Donald Trump were to become commander-in-chief, he would have no problem getting military to execute his orders — even the ones that are illegal under international law.
The boorish billionaire doubled down on waterboarding during Thursday night’s GOP debate in Detroit, claiming the torture discontinued by the Obama administration is justified when compared to how the Islamic State treats civilians.
Trump’s comments came after Fox News moderator Bret Baier confronted him over Former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden’s recent remarks on HBO’s "Real Time With Bill Maher." Hayden told the host that the military would be obliged to disobey if Trump ordered them to kill terrorists’ families, as he has repeatedly said he would do.
“They're not gonna refuse me. Believe me,” the real estate mogul said, remarking that in the Middle East, “they’re chopping off heads, they’re chopping off the heads of Christians and anybody else that happens to be in the way, they’re drowning people in steel cages, and now we’re talking about waterboarding… It’s fine, and if we want to go stronger, I’d go stronger too. Because frankly, that’s the way I feel.”
For those unaware, targeting terrorists' family members is indeed barred by the Geneva Conventions. However, the former reality TV star tried to rationalize this stance by saying the loved ones of the 9/11 terrorists knew that the attack was coming.
“I’m a leader, I’ve always been a leader,” Trump insisted. “I’ve never had any problem leading people. If I say do it, they’re going to do it.”
Watch his complete response to Baier’s question in the video above.
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