Jun 30, 2016 12:39 PM

On waterboarding, Trump tells NH1 News we 'have to do things that are unthinkable'

NH1 News Political Director

MANCHESTER — Donald Trump backed up his renewed call for waterboarding, saying the United States is "going to have to do things that are unthinkable almost."

In a one-on-one interview with NH1 News, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee also said former President Bill Clinton’s private meeting with the attorney general “was shocking."

And asked by NH1 News if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Sen. Scott Brown are on his short list for running mate, Trump answeredthey’re certainly people I want involved,” but added “I don’t want to say short list.”

Trump spoke with NH1 News minutes before holding a town hall type event with around 200 invited guests in front of the shuttered Sylvania plant in Manchester. In his comments to the crowd, Trump railed against free trade deals, saying they’ve sucked jobs out of America’s manufacturing sector. And he criticized his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, for favoring such agreements.

Trump was in New Hampshire just days after the horrific terrorist attack at the international airport in Istanbul, Turkey. In the wake of that attack, Trump renewed his calls for the controversial interrogation practice of waterboarding. Responding to Trump’s comments, GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a vocal opponent of waterboarding, said “it was not the American way.”

Asked about those comments, Trump said “well is not the American way to have heads chopped off and have people drowning in steal changes. And so we can have a our disagreements but we’re going to have to get much tougher as a country. We’re going to have to be a lot shaper and we’re going to have to do things that are unthinkable almost. Unthinkable, when you look at what’s happening to us, when you look at what’s going on in this country and around the world, and we don’t want, you know they’re allowed to cut off heads and they’re allowed to chop off heads and we can’t water board. So people can have disagreements, but I feel we have to get much, much, tougher, stronger and smart.

Wednesday former President Bill Clinton held a brief private meeting in Phoenix with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who has the ultimate say regarding the federal investigation into the Hillary Clinton email controversy. The attorney general said the topic did not come up in her conversation with the former president.

Asked about the meeting, Trump said “it was shocking. It was shocking to me but It was shocking I think to everybody who saw it take place. I was so surprised to see that. It’s the system. I guess it’s the system. But it was very disappointing.”

Trump was also asked whether Brown or Christie were being seriously considered as a running mate.

“They’re both good guys. I don’t want to say short list but certainly they’re great people. Scott was a very early supporter and Chris was very early after he got out. And they’re certainly people I want involved. And New Hampshire’s been so amazing to me as you know,” Trump said.

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