Trump Supported Gina Haspel Amid Waterboarding Concerns — Now Whoopi Goldberg Wants Him to Try It Himself

| MAY 11, 2018 | 7:53 PM

During Thursday's episode of “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg had an odd request for President Donald Trump after he downplayed the severity of waterboarding.

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The panel was discussing Gina Haspel, Trump's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), after her confirmation hearing in which senators pressed her on the agency using enhanced interrogation techniques.

Watch Goldberg's comments below:

Goldberg labeled waterboarding as “torture” before cueing up a video of Trump saying that “torture works” and that waterboarding was just a “minor form.”

“Some people say it's not actually torture,” Trump added.


And, Trump said, even if waterboarding were torture, he thought the United States should employ tougher techniques.

Goldberg, apparently annoyed, told Trump he should undergo the technique himself:

“What I'd like to say is, I would like you to try it and see how that is — because I don't think anybody, you know. See, I think people who have actually been tortured who are saying this is not a good thing, you should listen to them because you have never been tortured, and neither has [former Vice President] Dick Cheney.”

Meghan McCain — whose father, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), underwent torture for five years in Vietnam — pushed back on Trump's argument that torture wasn't effective.


“It does not work,” she said. “Life isn't like the show '24' where you just take a gun and you're going to blow somebody's kneecap off and then you get all the information you want.”

She added that torture victims eventually “break” and give their torturers false information.

Her father voiced his opposition to Haspel due to her involvement in enhanced interrogation.

“As I have argued many times, the methods we employ to keep our nation safe must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world,” John McCain said.

In response to John McCain's opposition, a Fox military analyst said torture worked on the Arizona senator while he was in Vietnam:

“That's why they call him 'Songbird John,'” analyst and retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney said.

Fox Business Network host Charles Payne, who interviewed McInerney, apologized to McCain:


The network also said it would no longer book McInerney for its shows.

John McCain, who received a brain cancer diagnosis last year, also got attention after a White House aide reportedly said the administration didn't have to worry about his Haspel opposition because he would soon die.

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