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"Power of weaponry" is the real problem: Trump

Monday, February 08, 2016 - 01:14

If the wrong people have powerful weapons, ''the World Trade Center would be peanuts by comparison,'' says U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Republican White House front-runner Donald Trump speaks on his foreign policy agenda during a rally at Derry-Salem Elks Lodge in Salem, New Hampshire on Monday (February 8), saying the "real problem today is the power of weaponry." "...And if the wrong people get ahold of the wrong weapon, we've got problems that you've never seen before, like you've never envisioned before. The World Trade Center would be peanuts by comparison," said Trump. Trump has said he would be open to harsh measures to deal with the threat from Islamic State, including going beyond the controversial interrogation tactic known as waterboarding. The issue of waterboarding and other methods of interrogation was raised during Saturday night's New Hampshire Republican debate aired on ABC, with the billionaire businessman saying he would not only revive the controversial method's use, but bring back "a hell of a lot worse" if elected. "Those guys that are chopping off heads of Christians in the Middle East and others, many others, when they hear that we're arguing about waterboarding may be too severe, may be too severe it's not nice -- they are laughing like hell to themselves," said Trump to a crowd in Salem. Waterboarding is the practice of pouring water over someone's face to mimic drowning as an interrogation tactic. Critics say it is torture, and Democratic President Barack Obama banned use of the method days after taking office in 2009. Republicans have been critical of Obama's decision to eliminate the practice, saying it telegraphs a position of weakness to the nation's enemies and concedes that the United States erred in using waterboarding.

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"Power of weaponry" is the real problem: Trump

Monday, February 08, 2016 - 01:14