Donald Trump wasted no time launching off the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning to advocate for waterboarding, a method of torture that simulates drowning.
Speaking on the TODAY Show, Trump, the GOP front-runner, spoke to the hosts by phone about the suicide bombings in the Belgian capital that left dozens dead and hundreds injured.
Trump was asked what he would do to get information out of Salah Abdeslam, the chief suspect in the terror attacks on Paris last year. He was captured by Belgian police earlier this week.
“Frankly, waterboarding, if it was up to me, and if we change the laws or have the laws, waterboarding would be fine,” Trump said. “We work within laws. They don’t work within laws. They have no laws. The waterboarding would be fine and if they could expand the laws I would do a lot more than waterboarding.”
Many experts say torture, which is illegal, yields unreliable information.
When host Matt Lauer pointed out that the Belgian justice system is handling Abdeslam, Trump went on to say he believed Abdeslam should be turned over to military custody by Belgian police.
“That’s okay, I mean he’s being held by whoever. Let the military take him over, they have to get their act together,” Trump said. He continued to bash Belgium. “Belgium is no longer Belgium. Belgium is not the Belgium that you and I knew, Matt, from 20 years ago, which was one of the most beautiful cities and one of the safest cities in the world. Belgium is a horror show right now.”
Watch Trump’s comments, as posted to YouTube, here: