Trump: Defense Secretary Mattis can 'override' me on torture - CNN

Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump said Friday he will allow his Defense Secretary James Mattis to "override" him on torture, an issue on which the two men disagree. "I don't necessarily agree, but I would tell you that he would override because I ...and more »

Donald Trump says he will leave torture decision to General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis - The Independent

Donald Trump has said he will leave the decision on whether the US should use torture to his Defence Secretary, Gen James Mattis. During the presidential campaign, Mr Trump said he wanted to make use of waterboarding as part of the fight against ...and more »

Joint Letter to Trump Opposing Executive Action Facilitating Torture, Other Abuses - Human Rights Watch

We are a diverse coalition of human rights, civil liberties, and religious groups writing to oppose any executive action that would facilitate torture or other abusive interrogation and detention practices. Torture is morally reprehensible. It has long ...and more »

Trump: Mattis's view on torture will 'override' - The Hill

President Trump on Friday said he would defer to Defense Secretary James Mattis's opposition to torture despite the president's own support for tactics like waterboarding. At a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump said ...and more »

Trump Swears in Mattis, Signs Executive Actions at Pentagon Ceremony - Department of Defense

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2017 — President Donald J. Trump signed two executive actions and watched as Vice President Mike Pence ceremonially swore in Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes here today. Mattis once again swore ...and more »

Pentagon: Mattis still opposes torture despite Trump comment - The Hill

Defense Secretary James Mattis is not wavering on his opposition to torture, the Pentagon said Thursday, despite President Trump endorsing its usage the day before. "Secretary Mattis said in his confirmation process that he will abide by and is ...and more »

Mattis Confers With Israeli, German, French Defense Ministers - Department of Defense

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2017 — In separate calls yesterday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke with his counterparts from Israel, Germany and France, according to readouts of the calls provided by Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis. Mattis spoke ...and more »

Mattis the Great, Mattis the Exploited - War on the Rocks

For special access to experts and other members of the national security community, check out the new War on the Rocks membership. Related Articles. Doomsday Cancelled: Trump is Good News for Allies and World Peace · An Active-Duty National Security ...and more »

Trump's Signing of Immigrant Ban Puts Pentagon in Uncomfortable Light - New York Times

President Trump, at the Pentagon on Friday, with Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times. WASHINGTON — Six months ago, Jim Mattis stood at a lectern at the Hoover Institution, ...and more »

Donald Trump Backs Away From His Campaign Pledge to Resurrect Torture - Mother Jones

He said he'll defer to his defense secretary for now—but maintained that torture works. Patrick CaldwellJan. 27, 2017 4:11 PM. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Email. Ron Sachs/ZUMA. Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters.and more »