Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said that President-elect Donald Trump is ready to make “tough calls” if it comes to waterboarding terrorism suspects, reported The Hill.
“If experienced intelligence professionals come to the president of the United States and say, 'We think this terrorist has critical information and we need to obtain it and this is the only way we can obtain it,' that’s a tough call,” Cotton said on CNN's “The Situation Room.”
“But the presidency is a tough job, and if you’re not ready to make those tough calls then you shouldn’t seek the office. Donald Trump’s a pretty tough guy, and I think he’s ready to make those tough calls.”
Trump said during the campaign he would bring back waterboarding and a “hell of a lot worse” to interrogate suspected terrorists.
Waterboarding is banned by international law and has been banned by U.S. law under an annual defense policy bill that includes a provision barring brutal interrogation techniques widely classified as torture.
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