Donald Trump Says He Would 'Absolutely Authorize Waterboarding'

The Republican presidential candidate elaborated on his use of torture if elected on "This Week."
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Transcript for Donald Trump Says He Would 'Absolutely Authorize Waterboarding'
Mr. Trump's a listening balascak. I loved it it was a great debate we had some thought I had a great time in and I'm very happy with the results it was terrific he did have had. That back and forth to Jeb Bush about an eminent domain and affects do seem to be. On his side here coking well let me let me just explain it first here Vera coking. Eight you wanted in the casino development authority New Jersey wanted to take her house to fill the parking lot for your casino not a part she went she went to court. You fodder for three years and finally the State Supreme Court ruled in here's what they said. Trump not the public stood to benefit from the proposed seizures and that the deal was analogous to giving trump a blank check with respect to future development on the property for casino hotel purposes. And you know what I did I let the court stand as opposed to going to hire a post accident that record but let me that we could've gone higher but let me just a church. I decided not to do it I decided not to pursue it we could agree on they're there by way does it matter we could've got a different way. I offered her a lot of money she ended up selling the house for much less money than I often are eminent domain is a very important thing. Jeb Bush doesn't understand what it means and if you look into the bush family we shot I found this out 55 minutes ago. They used eminent domain for the stadium in Texas where they only guess a piece of the Texas Rangers. Kelly George W. Bush doesn't matter was the bush family they used private eminent domain he didn't tell anybody that saw me he should have told people maybe he probably doesn't know because I don't think he knows what eminent domain is. But I just found that out five minutes to no second thoughts about your position at all. Eminent domain is important you wouldn't have highways you wouldn't have roadways you wouldn't have bridge as you would have hospitals you wouldn't have anything with that it. The Keystone Pipeline everybody wants to Keystone Pipeline if you're conservative you want to keystone pipe like. They have a whole section on eminent domain when they write up you know the whole thing on the key step. Have a whole section right now crowd wasn't on your side. The crowd was on my side except they were all friends of mine that would donors and special interests and lobbyists some of whom worked for me in the past. Think it was actually as the very it shows how how broken the system is. The people in that audience where the people that was supporting all of the candidates I'm the only candidate not taking money I'm that they had no supporters in the ground I had support is I had twenty tickets I mean they give me twenty tickets he George all of those people that grabbed. 90% of them were people that gave to the various candidates and mostly to bush look. Which got a 128 million dollars he's no where he spent over a hundred million dollars on this failed campaign it is an east nowhere. Those people were in the audience every time anybody said anything like rubio actually said he said white what is nobody get any response but bush. I I just think it's really showing the system when you have somebody like me where I don't take money where it was self funder. People really appreciate that and that's why have brought it out less than it was a good point I think but a broader definition of waterboarding friend senator last night as we Bonnie said I would bring back waterboarding. And I would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding. What did you have in mind when he Georgia not talking about what I said before that they said we are living in a world where in the Middle East stick cutting people's heads off. They're chopping a Christians head off and many of them. We talk about Foley James Foley and and you know what a wonderful young man. Boom they're chopping heads so then I went into this basic yes I would bring back what reporting and it may get a hell of a lot worse than what you'll what did you have in mind I had in mind going worse than waterboarding it's enough. We have right now a country that's under siege it's under siege from a people from the would like living in medieval times. If I have it to do and that it's up to me I would absolutely bring back ward aborting kind of it's going to be tougher than awarding waterboarding I would bring that back so as president you would authorize torture. I would absolutely authorize something beyond waterboarding and believe me it'll be effective if we need information. George you have our enemy cutting heads off of Christians and plenty of others by. The hundreds site don't those wins by being more like them yes I'm sorry you have to do it that way and I'm not sure everybody agrees with me I guess a lot of people don't. We are living in a time that's as evil as any time that there has ever been. You know what I was a young man and I studied medieval times that's what they did they chopped off heads so we're gonna that's what we and it's. We're going to do things beyond waterboarding perhaps if that happens to come to question was this at that digits it was very tentative Ted Cruz he gave a very tentative answer. If we have to wouldn't have to do more but. When you have in conditions like that I would say absolutely I would approved waterboarding and if you go beyond that I'm okay let me does clarify this right now the law says they have to follow them. Army field manual which prohibits waterboarding you would try to overturn the lower income had now reclassified you'd be reclassified and you'll see what happened but. I would certainly approve what aboard they laugh at us our enemies laugh at us judge they say waterboarding they don't even think it's a form you know they don't even view that as real torture. But they say what are morning and they chop off heads. They think we are so stupid you have no idea. The enemy that we are fighting and no wonder that doing so well because when this kind of thinking that's why they're doing so well. It is an addition to came up last minute you say naive boys were against the Iraq War. Fact check hasn't gone church haven't seen any Stephens of U against the war until. After it began 20032004. I was against the war that's probably the first some know that I wasn't a politician traits I'm not somebody that you would it to that was a business activity due back in 1999 hitting and running for president that the point it is. Guy was actually. Aviation data like this one but I like this time better but the fact is that in 20032004. Is very much opposed to the Iraq War since can destabilize the Middle East. It exactly destabilized the me. At least a subtle at another issue social issue on voters' minds right now gay marriage last Sunday. On FOX News Sunday you said he would strongly consider appointing Supreme Court justices to overturn the ruling that every state. Must offer gay marriage for later this week he said this to a reporter here so O'Connell of the New England cable channel. President trump is an off this. We look for more forward motion on equality for gays and lesbians what you can and milk again we're gonna bring people together. And that's your thing and other people have their thing we have to bring all people together and we don't we're not gonna have a country anymore. But just last Sunday sold he would strongly consider pulling justices ruled out here about bringing people together. And we I would appoint justices would take a long time frankly because I don't know how long it would take two point what you want them to overturn in this integration as they I would appoint them and we will see how they will. Well but other fed move this to a quality will find out I mean we're going to find out there's a lot of people that want to see that but I would I'd. More important than anything else to me this country is so divided right now as per her question. This country is so totally divided it's probably almost never been as divided as it is right now and we have to bring it together but a majority of Americans now support the idea. Of gay marriage wouldn't be defined subdued I don't. It has really been determined and we will see what happens with a look at judges they've got to be great judges they've got to be conservative judges. We're gonna see how they stand depending on on what their views are. But that would be my preference innocent where do you want them to stand. I would prefer that they stand against but we'll see what happens it depends on the judge and how does that move this towards equality for gays and lesbians I think what will happen is and look George. Very simple we're gonna bring our country together we're gonna unify a country we're going to do what have we have to do I'm gonna put the absolute bid best judges in position. If they have these were there to see what their views. I will make that determination that the what do you say to gays and lesbian thing could overturn the decision is not unifying our country is dividing well I think I understand what they're saying and we're gonna see what happens so long way off to it's a long way off what's happening here in New Hampshire. I think we're doing well I think it's going well I think. On ground forces a good I think at a good better than a life. Well I think it did very well at Iowa came in first or second depending on how you wanna count the costs and vote could mean depending on how you wanna count that I came in either first or second out of originally seventy they didn't sack. Well I'll tell you what if you add up all of the thousands of votes that were added on to cruise it you know you'll see what happens I mean I think I might have come in better than second but it doesn't matter I think second was a very good finish you know rubio came in third everybody everybody was saying what a great job he did. I came in second and they said oh he had a bad. Performance and I said what is that bad I mean I came in second he came in third he was good and I was. Our group is coming up what do you think happened in last night I don't know I mean I don't know how he had a rough time that. You know we'll see what happens who have. An interesting two days ahead but I wanted to get by the debate as people's that I won the debate almost everybody said I won the debate even news that I did well. And we'll see what happens standing between you and the nomination. I don't know it's a long way to go judge to me it's a long way to go I'm in a see these wonderful poll numbers but. They don't mean anything to me I just don't know about polls I don't know they're accurate when they interview 300 people and that they come up with his brilliant pole. To me the people of New Hampshire have to get that have to vote and hopefully they gonna vote for trump because I'm gonna do did you see on the trail thanks for joining thank you morning thank you grams.

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