Donald Trump changed his stance on torture less than 24 hours after he gave an impassioned argument on Thursday’s debate for employing tactics harsher than waterboarding as well as targeting family members of terrorists.
“We should go for waterboarding and we should go tougher than waterboarding,” Trump said. When confronted at the debate with a report stating that troops would absolutely disobey orders to torture captives and kill innocent people, actions that violate international laws, Trump said, “They won’t refuse. They’re not going to refuse, believe me.”
As Trump has recently done on several issues, he switched sides on the argument and now says that he is not in favor of torture. According to CNN, the change of heart occurred the day after the Fox News debate.
“The United States is bound by laws and treaties,” Trump said in a statement. He said that he would “not order our military or other officials to violate those laws and will seek their advice on such matters. I will not order a military officer to disobey the law. It is clear that as president I will be bound by laws just like all Americans and I will meet those responsibilities.”
After the two contradicting statements issued less than a day apart, do you believe Trump? Which statement is true?