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Trump: 'Foolish and So Naive' to Rule Out Waterboarding

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By    |   Friday, 27 Jan 2017 07:40 AM

Outlawing the use of waterboarding during interrogation seems "foolish and so naive" considering the growing threat of terrorism, President Donald Trump said Thursday night, while reiterating that he believes the controversial technique is a successful tool and that he does not believe it to be a form of torture.

"They go into a club and they machine-gun everybody down, and then we are not allowed to waterboard?" Trump commented during a wide-ranging interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity.

"It seems so foolish and so naive, but this is what we have to put up with."

During past wars, such as during World War II, leaders like Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt both dealt with evil enemies with Germany and Japan, but "they had their uniforms," said Trump.

"They had evil with uniforms on," Trump told Hannity. "We have evil but lurks around the corner without the uniforms. Ours is harder. The people that we are going against, they don't wear uniforms."

Today's enemy consists of "sneaky, dirty rats," the president continued. "They are sneaky, dirty rats, and they blow people up in a shopping center, and they blow people up in a church. These are bad people.

"When you are fighting Germany, they had their uniforms. In Japan, they had their uniforms. They had their flags on the planes and the whole thing. We are fighting sneaky rats right now. That are sick and demented. And we are going to win."

Neither Defense Secretary James Mattis or CIA Director Mike Pompeo support the practice of waterboarding or other forms of torture as an interrogation technique, and Trump has said he'll defer to their opinions on the matter. 

However, he pointed out that waterboarding was used in the past because others "said it really wasn't torture. It was the one step slightly below torture."

And, Trump told Hannity, he doesn't consider waterboarding to be a form of torture.

"I mean, torture is real torture, okay?" he said. "Waterboarding is, I'm sure it's not pleasant, but waterboarding was just short of torture. You know, all of a sudden, they made it torture."

Trump told Hannity that Mattis has said he does not intend to use the technique, and that he's "with him all the way," but at the same time, "I spoke with people the other day who are in this world that were talking about it. Absolutely, it works. Absolutely."

"Do I believe it works?" Trump said. "Yes, I do. In my opinion, it works."

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