Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Sunday did not rule out the U.S. using torture tactics like waterboarding to combat terrorism.
“We’re going to have a president again who will never say what we’ll never do,” Pence said of President-elect Donald Trump during an interview with “Face the Nation.”
Pence was speaking in response to the clear anti-torture message Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made to the president-elect one day earlier.
“I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do or anybody else wants to do. We will not waterboard. We will not do it,” McCain said during a panel discussion at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia on Saturday.
The moderator had asked McCain what power Congress had to “rein in” a president who “does things which you find intolerable.” The senator noted that waterboarding, a torture technique that simulates drowning, is illegal in the U.S., is not authorized by the U.S. Army Field Manual (which dictates acceptable interrogation practices) and is prohibited by the Geneva Conventions.
“If they started waterboarding, I swear to you, there are a bunch of us who would have [Trump] in court in a New York minute,” McCain said, snapping his fingers.