During the February 6 Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump said that he would not only bring back the practice of waterboarding on the part of the U.S. military, but he would bring on "a hell of a lot worse that waterboarding.” Questions about waterboarding were directed at him during the Sunday prime-time news shows. The practice was banned during the second term of the George W. Bush administration. When asked about these remarks by Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Trump responded "They're chopping heads of Christians and many other people in the Middle East," and repeated, "They're chopping heads off. They laugh at us when they hear that we're not going to approve waterboarding."
 
"I have no doubt that it does work," Trump added. However, he did not say how he can circumvent a 2006 law that bans the practice of waterboarding. He also refused to say exactly when he meant by "a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding." 
 
NBC’s Chuck Todd asked on “Meet the Press,”  "What does that mean? What is a lot further?” Trump responded, “I'm not going to define it to you on this program.” "But I would be very much in favor of going beyond waterboarding."
 
"It wouldn't bother me even a little bit," Trump added.
 
Trump was cautious in predicting a win for his campaign in New Hampshire in the coming primary. “I would say that I'd like to win, but I don't think it's necessary," Trump said on “Meet the Press.”
 
When asked about his ground game in Iowa, which led to a victory for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump said "I didn't know the term 'ground game' too much…And I think we had ground game, maybe not the greatest ground game."  He added that enough resources are in place in New Hampshire to make a win there. "I gave them unlimited money," he told Todd. "I said: 'Do what you have to do.'"

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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