Trump Torture Comments Draw Rebuke From Larsen

Jan 26, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after President Trump endorsed torture in a recent interview with ABC News:

“I am in fierce agreement with Secretary of Defense Mattis and CIA Director Pompeo – torture is ineffective. It is also against the law, and increases the likelihood of America’s enemies using similarly inhumane techniques against our women and men in uniform. One of the lowest points of my 16 years in Congress was when the United States engaged in waterboarding and ‘enhanced interrogation’ techniques. I did not endorse those actions then, and I do not endorse them now. America should not return to those dark days.”