We can’t lead together on torture: Andrew Tyrie

President Trump’s latest comments on torture make it all the more important that the Prime Minister puts robust safeguards in place to ensure that Britain doesn’t get dragged into this again, Andrew Tyrie MP told the Independent.

Donald Trump told ABC news on January 25th that he still believes that torture works.

“When they're shooting, when they're chopping off the heads of our people and other people, when they're chopping off the heads of people because they happen to be a Christian in the Middle East, when Isis is doing things that nobody has ever heard of since Medieval times, would I feel strongly about waterboarding?

“I have spoken with people at the highest level of intelligence and I asked them the question ‘Does it work? Does torture work?’ and the answer was ‘Yes, absolutely’.

“They chop them off and they put them on camera and send them all over the world. So we have that and we're not allowed to do anything?”.

Following his question to the Prime Minister about how the UK will respond to Trump’s torture policies, Andrew Tyrie told The Independent: “We can lead together on many, perhaps most, things, but we certainly can't lead together on torture.

“I have asked the Prime Minister to raise this with the President. His recent statement makes doing so even more important.”

Read the full report here.