Washington D.C., Mar. 23 (ANI): Following the twin explosions in Brussels yesterday, U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump said that Belgian authorities could have thwarted the terrorist attack by torturing Salah Abdeslam, the suspected terrorist in the Paris attacks who was captured days earlier.
According to CNN, Trump said that Abdeslam knew of the plot that was carried out by the ISIS and would have talked “a lot faster with the torture.”
“If he would’ve talked you might not have had the blow up — all these people dead and all these people wounded because he probably knew about it. We have to be smart. I mean it’s hard to believe. We can’t waterboard — listen, nothing’s nice about it, but it’s your minimal form of torture,” Trump said.
At least 30 people were killed and more than 230 were injured in Tuesday’s attacks at an airport and metro station in the Belgian capital.
Arguing in favour of torture and referring to the brutal treatment of prisoners by ISIS, Trump said, “we have to change our laws and we have to be able to fight on an almost equal basis.”
Trump also asserted that not only Abdeslam knew of the planned attack, but that it was most likely “an act of retribution” for his capture.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack yesterday, but did not suggest that it was retribution for Abdeslam’s dramatic capture. (ANI)