Over the course of his entire 18-month campaign, #Donald Trump made a lot of comments that split parts of the Republican Party. One of Trump's recent remarks didn't sit well with Arizona Sen. #John McCain, but he now speaking out.
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Donald Trump will go down as one of the most controversial candidates to ever run for president. Trump's across the board views have often received criticism, whether it's about social policies, economic issues, or foreign affairs, the billionaire real estate mogul always found a way to end up in the headlines. One area that raised concern was the issue of international torture, most specifically waterboarding. McCain has been an opponent of torture, especially since going through it as a POW during the Vietnam War. As reported by The Hill on November 19, the Arizona senator sent a strong message to the new president-elect.
While attending the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday, John McCain was asked about Trump's support for increased use of various torture programs. "I don't give a damn what the President of the United States wants to do," McCain said of Trump, before adding, "We will not waterboard." "We will not torture people," McCain continued, before noting, "It doesn't work." Not stopping there, the former 2008 Republican presidential nominee threatened a potential lawsuit against the Trump administration if waterboarding came back into use. "If they started waterboarding, I swear to you that we'd have them in court in a New York minute," McCain promised.
Trump and McCain have an uncomfortable history dating back to earlier in the election season. When asked last year if McCain was a war hero, Trump dismissed the idea because he was captured by the enemy during the Vietnam War, with the former host of "The Apprentice" stating, "I like people who weren't captured."
While it's unknown what will happen in regards to torture, Trump took a controversial step on Friday by nominating retired Gen. #Michael Flynn as his the next National Security Advisor. Over the next two months, Trump will finalize his cabinet and more announcements will be made before Inauguration Day on January 20.