Trump: Torture was needed to catch bin Laden

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Posted: May 11, 2011 4:57 PM
Trump: Torture was needed to catch bin Laden

Potential presidential hopeful Donald Trump said Wednesday that if torture helped lead U.S. intelligence officials to Osama bin Laden, he's all for it.

In the days since bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, officials have sidestepped questions about whether waterboarding and other so-called enhanced interrogation of detainees had produced information that led to the raid.

"We're so politically correct, nobody wants to say the word, but isn't another word for that torture? You know what? The people I watched jump off the World Trade Center, that was torture," Trump said at a business expo luncheon. "In terms of torture, in terms of enhanced interrogation, we wouldn't have caught bin Laden without it."

It was the second recent trip to New Hampshire for Trump, a real estate mogul and reality television star who has been flirting with a presidential campaign.

He told a packed ballroom of business leaders he takes full credit for forcing President Barack Obama to release his detailed birth certificate in response to those who question whether he was born in the United States.

"I took on the president," Trump said.

Trump also accused Obama of keeping taxes level for now in order to win re-election, with plans to raise them "through the roof" if he wins. Trump offered no proof, however.

"I believe he's holding them down now because he wants to get through this election," Trump said.