Trump: Mattis Will Get the Last Word on Torture

Posted: Jan 27, 2017 6:00 PM

Republicans and Democrats alike are worried what President Trump plans to do with our interrogation measures. He has indicated in the past that he would be fine with reintroducing waterboarding - and "a hell of a lot worse," as commander-in-chief. However, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who suffered for five years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, said Trump would have to go through him first if he wants to reinstate torture. 

House Speaker Paul Ryan said more of the same, noting that torture is illegal. As for the new CIA director Mike Pompeo, he said he will "absolutely not" be restarting the enhanced interrogation program, nor does he expect the president to ask him.

During his joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday, President Trump indicated that he would respect his cabinet's wishes. Although he said he may not necessarily agree with his now official Defense Secretary James Mattis' views on torture, but he will let him have the final word.

"He will override," Trump said at the presser. "I'm going to rely on him...I am going with our leaders."

No matter, said Trump. America is going to win "with or without" enhanced interrogation.