Sen. John McCain has given a fiery warning to President-elect Donald Trump on the subject of torture Saturday…no waterboarding.
“I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do. We will not waterboard,” McCain told an audience at the annual Halifax International Security Forum. “We will not torture people … It doesn’t work.”
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) November 19, 2016
Trump has repeatedly said that he would use much harsher measures against suspected terrorists. “We have to fight fire with fire,” he said at a June campaign rally, adding that the U.S. would have to “fight so viciously and violently” against the Islamic State.
At a Republican primary debate in February, Trump vowed that he would “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
On Saturday, McCain reminded the audience that torture remains illegal under the Geneva Conventions and was also banned by Congress last year.