Ever the opportunist, Donald Trump wasted no time sounding off on the terrorist attacks in Brussels that have left at least 34 killed and 186 injured. Speaking on the TODAY Show, Trump immediately began advocating for the use of waterboarding, a banned method of torture that simulates drowning.
Specifically, Trump was asked about what he would do to get strategic information out of Salah Abdeslam, the chief suspect in the Paris terror attacks in November of last year. Abdeslam was captured by Belgian police earlier this week.
“Frankly, waterboarding, if it was up to me, and if we change the laws or have the laws, waterboarding would be fine,” Trump said. “We work within laws. They don’t work within laws. They have no laws. The waterboarding would be fine and if they could expand the laws I would do a lot more than waterboarding.”
Despite the fact that most experts conclude that illegal torture is not only morally wrong, but usually yields unreliable information, Trump remained unfazed by this notion, arguing that it was necessary for the US in order to keep themselves secure.
Trump then went on to refer to Belgium as a “city,” further confusing his television hosts.
“That’s okay, I mean he’s being held by whoever. Let the military take him over, they have to get their act together,” Trump said. He continued to bash Belgium. “Belgium is no longer Belgium. Belgium is not the Belgium that you and I knew, Matt, from 20 years ago, which was one of the most beautiful cities and one of the safest cities in the world. Belgium is a horror show right now.”
See Trump’s full remarks here: