GOP Leaders Defiantly Betray Trump – Awaiting Presidential Twitter Rant (DETAILS)

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The GOP leadership has, at last, broke walking in lockstep with Donald Trump. Reporters peppered the Republicans at their retreat in Philadelphia with questions about waterboarding and other horrendous acts. Thursday, the legislators reluctantly addressed the new president’s fascination with torture.

All the Congress’ Republican men and women started their retreat with meat-and-potato plans of health policy and taxes. Yet, Trump and his latest announcements had them scurrying to address what has been illegal until former vice president Dick Cheney instituted torturing inmates at GITMO and black ops sites during the George W. Bush administration.

According to Mother Jones, the president-elect Trump said during his campaign rallies:

‘I would bring back waterboarding, and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.’

Then, he met with his pick for Defense Secretary General James “Mad Dog” Mattis and changed his mind Mother Jones wrote:

‘So, I met with General Mattis, who is a very respected guy….I said, what do you think of waterboarding? He said — I was surprised — he “I’ve never found it to be useful.” He said, “I’ve always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.”

‘And I was very impressed by that answer….It’s not going to make the kind of a difference that maybe a lot of people think. If it’s so important to the American people, I would go for it. I would be guided by that. But General Mattis found it to be very less important, much less important than I thought he would say. I thought he would say — you know he’s known as Mad Dog Mattis, right? Mad Dog for a reason.1 I thought he’d say “It’s phenomenal, don’t lose it.” He actually said, “No, give me some cigarettes and some drinks, and we’ll do better.”‘

Yet, Trump has come full circle to his original viewpoint and said he wanted to revisit the ban on enhanced interrogation techniques.

The GOP conference chair Washington Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers kicked off the retreat press conference by noting that they were meeting, according to POLITICO:

‘Steps away from where our founding fathers came together to form a new government.’

However, the retreat members immediately found themselves caught up in the riptide of Trump’s erratic positions on torture. Each of the Republicans found themselves forced to respond to the new president’s latest executive orders and comments on the subject.

South Dakota’s Senator John Thune co-organized the retreat along with McMorris Rodgers, and neither one of them seemed to have even reviewed Trump’s executive order draft on torture.

Presidential drafts are often leaked as trial runs to find out how much flack the administration will receive on a subject. POLITICO reported that one draft would lift the ban on:

‘Harsh interrogation tactics — which were outlawed by Congress in 2014 — and the use of secretive overseas sites to hold terror suspects.’

Thune said:

‘With respect to torture. That’s banned. We’ve spoken on that …. It would take a change in the law.’

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said:

‘I believe virtually all of my members are comfortable with the state of the law on that issue.’

House speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin chipped in:

‘And torture is illegal. We agree with it not being legal.’

 

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