After a nation-wide backlash, Republic front-runner Donald Trump retracted on his controversial remark that he would order killin of terrorists’ families, declared that he would not order the U.S. military to violate international laws to fight terrorism.
We have to torture the families of ISIS terrorists, was the statement he has given in an interview to Wall Street Journal. It drew flak and widespread condemnation from former cabinet members, lawmakers and intelligence and military officials, some of whom denounced him as “utterly unfitted to the office” of president. Correcting it, Trump said the US is bound by laws and treaties and he would not alter them. His campaign managers and spokespersons too had to make a lot of explaining.
But neither the statement nor the campaign’s explanations were enough to quell the bipartisan uproar. The lead Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said that while Trump “has now said he would obey the law, he has yet to specifically disavow torture or killing the families of our enemies.”