Donald Trump told CNN he would change waterboarding and torture laws in response to the terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium. Trump said the attack was likely in response to the recent arrest of Salah Abdeslam, one of the ringleaders of the November 13th attacks in Paris last year.
Trump also said he would monitor Muslim-majority neighborhoods in America like the police monitor gang activity.
"They can chop off heads and drown people in cages, heavy steel cages, and we can't waterboard?" Trump said to CNN's Wolf Blitzer during a phone-in interview Wednesday afternoon.
"Look, we have to change our law on you know on the waterboarding thing, where they can chop off heads and drown people in cages and heavy steel cages and we can't waterboard. We have to change our laws and we have to be able to fight at least on almost equal basis. We have laws that we have to obey in terms of torture. They have no laws whatsoever they have to obey," Trump said.
Trump said Abdeslam probably knew about the attack would "talk faster" with "torture."
"Would you start torturing him right away or see if he would cooperate and share information? Belgian police say he has been talking," Blitzer asked Trump.
"He may be talking but he'll talk faster with the torture," Trump remarked. "If he would have talked you might not have all of the people dead and horribly wounded because he probably knew about it. I would be willing to bet he knew about the bombing that took place today. We have to be smart. Hard to believe we can't waterboard which is -- look, nothing's nice about it but it's minimal form of torture. We can't waterboard and they can chop off heads."
When Blitzer told Trump torture is against international law, Trump said the "eggheads that came up" with the law "should turn on their television and watch CNN right now... seeing all the bodies laying all over the floor." Trump said maybe they'll approve waterboarding after witnessing the bloody scene.
"It a violation of international law to engage in torture and the U.S. signed on to the various treaties banning torture," Blitzer said to Trump.
"I would say the eggheads that came up with the international law should turn on their television and watch CNN right now because I'm look at scenes on CNN right now as I'm speaking to you that are absolutely atrocious. And I would be willing to bet, seeing all of the bodies laying all over the floor, including young, beautiful children laying on the floor, I would say if they watch that, maybe they'll approve waterboarding and other things."
Trump said he agrees with Sen. Ted Cruz on patrolling Muslim neighborhoods.
"I bet you the local police know more than what's going on today than anybody would understand," Trump said about monitoring Muslim activity. "I would be willing to bet the local police -- I know it's true with gangs. I know if the police were given [help] they would stop the gang problems in Chicago and various other places. The gang members, they know everything. They know things going on and local police know plenty about the Muslims, too."
Trump said we live in a "soft world" and the Paris terrorist is probably surrounded by lawyers telling him, "don't worry about it, the trial will start in ten years, in ten years everybody will forget."
"We have a very soft world and it's going to get a lot tougher, you watch," Trump warned. "People can't take these. These horrible, violent acts. The man that was caught, who I'm sure knew about this, and I'm sure if they were strong and strong like I mean strong, I'm sure he would have given them up before this act happened. He knew about the act. This act was an act of retribution because they caught him, a lot of people are saying that, probably was. Maybe he planned it. But you know, he's probably right now sitting there with lawyers surrounding him saying you don't have to talk, don't worry about it, the trial will start in ten years, in ten years everybody will forget."