Donald Trump "absolutely" plans to bring back waterboarding as a form of interrogation.
On Nov. 22, The Republican presidential candidate told ABC's "This Week" that the United States should go back to using the interrogation method, which involves pouring water over a cloth on the subject's face to simulate drowning, according to ABC. The CIA interrogated some terrorist suspects using this method following the Sept. 11 attacks; however, the United Nations now defines this as torture.
“I think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they do to us,” the real estate mogul told ABC's "This Week." “What they're doing to us, what they did to James Foley when they chopped off his head, that’s a whole different level and I would absolutely bring back interrogation and strong interrogation."
Trump also clarified an earlier statement, where he said that it might be necessary to close some mosques if the government believes that "bad things are happening" in them. On "This Week," however, he explained that, while he does not want to close any mosques in the United States, he suggests taking "strong measures" to put all of them under surveillance.
“The people that are involved in those mosques, they know who the bad ones are and they know who the good ones are, but they don’t talk,” he said. "We have to surveil the mosques."
The billionaire businessman also doubled down on a recent statement that the government must have a database for Muslims entering the U.S., according to Politico. He said that Syrian refugees could act as a "Trojan horse" for terrorists, while he gave little attention to statistics showing that the majority of the refugees are women and children.
Trump stood by earlier claims that Arabs in New Jersey cheered when they learned about the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks, even though police have publicly disputed this.
"Either @realDonald Trump has memory issues or willfully distorts the truth, either of which should be concerning for the Republican Party," Mayor Steven Fulop of Jersey City angrily fired back at Trump on Twitter.
"It was on television," Trump said. "I saw it."
Despite his inflammatory statements, his campaign still resonates with a significant number of Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters.