Donald Trump has made it clear to the media that he supports the practice of waterboarding to extract information from terrorists.
The New York Post reports that although Trump believes in the effectiveness of waterboarding, he “will leave it up to his national security team whether to use the controversial interrogation technique.”
While Trump was interviewing Gen. Mattis for Secretary of Defense in November, Mattis told the Trump that in his career he never found waterboarding to be useful. Trump quoted Mattis as saying, “Give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I’ll do better.”
Needless to say, liberals are furious about the conversation and the fact that President Trump is pro-waterboarding.
Elisa Massimino, the director of Human Rights First, was quoted in the New York Times saying waterboarding was “flirting with a return to the ‘enhanced interrogation program’ and the environment that gave rise to it.” She argued that even military higher-ups have deemed torture as “illegal, immoral and damaging to national security” and that many of Trump’s cabinet nominees had similar views.
“It would be surprising and extremely troubling,” Massimino said, “if the national security cabinet officials were to acquiesce” to waterboarding techniques.
Why is it that liberals are always more concerned about what happens to the enemy, and happy to put law-abiding American citizens at risk?
President Trump will not be asking Massimino or Human Rights First for guidance in the matter. He will, however, rely on his Secretary of Defense and other cabinet members to join him in making America safe again.