NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)– On Thursday evening, Donald Trump said he’d have troops break the law when interrogating terrorists, but he’s singing a different tune less than 24 hours later.
Trump is now reversing the course, saying he would follow international guidelines.
In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, Trump said he would “use every legal power that I have to stop these terrorist enemies. I do, however, understand that the United States is bound by laws and treaties, and I will not order our military or other officials to violate those laws and will seek their advice on such matters. I will not order a military officer to disobey the law. It is clear that as president I will be bound by laws just like all Americans and I will meet those responsibilities.”
This sentiment was quite different from a response Trump gave at last night’s republican presidential debate.
“Can you imagine these people, these animals over in the Middle East that chop off heads, sitting around talking and seeing that we’re having a hard problem with waterboarding. We should go for waterboarding and we should go tougher than waterboarding. That’s my opinion,” Trump said.
Trump also chose to skip the CPAC convention where the other candidates were all vying for the conservative vote. Instead, the republican frontrunner focused on reaching out to voters in Kansas and Florida.