Trump says he will respect ‘laws and treaties’, backtracking on torture

Donald Trump says that he understands that the US is “bound by laws and treaties” and he will not order US military officials to violate or disobey those laws if elected president. Trump said in a statement Friday that he will “use every legal power…to stop these terrorist enemies,” but recognized the need for restraint

under international law. His statement Friday follows an open letter written by leaders in the Republican foreign policy and national security committee pledging to oppose Trump’s candidacy, in part, because of his “embrace of the expansive use of torture,” and other controversial views. Trump has repeatedly said that he will bring back the use of waterboarding and “a hell of a lot worse,” and that he would target the wives and children of suspected extremists.



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