GOP front-runner Donald Trump released a statement this afternoon clarifying that despite what he said at the debate last night, he will not “order our military or other officials to violate” the law or commit war crimes and that he would be “bound by laws just like all Americans”:
Breaking: Donald Trump revises stance on torture, saying he wouldn't order military to break international laws https://t.co/J7ULOmLki0
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) March 4, 2016
— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) March 4, 2016
Trump had said at the debate last night that the military wouldn’t refuse his potentially illegal orders to, for example, kill the family members of terrorists or use an interrogation method worse than waterboarding, because he’s a leader:
— Right Scoop (@trscoop) March 4, 2016
Trump defending war crimes: going after the families of terrorists. In a presidential debate. I wish this were a nightmare.
— Megan McArdle (@asymmetricinfo) March 4, 2016
Not one person I served with in Iraq would kill a mother and child on order. Not one. It's murder, plain and simple.
— David French (@DavidAFrench) March 4, 2016
That's because you never had a leader like Trump before. He's a real leader at getting people to commit war crimes. https://t.co/T2lttZYipL
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) March 4, 2016
Trump on the military:
– Stiffs veterans charities
– Will force soldiers to commit war crimes.
— Scott Lincicome (@scottlincicome) March 4, 2016