Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said Wednesday that in the fight against the Islamic State, the United States must also target the terrorists' families.
"ISIS is our number one threat," Trump said on "Fox and Friends" early Wednesday morning. "I would knock the hell out of them. I like to do one thing at a time."
.@realDonaldTrump: "I'd knock the hell out of ISIS... you have to take out their families." https://t.co/ju4LYTl0JV— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) December 2, 2015
When asked about "collateral damage" and civilian casualties, the real estate mogul invoked the fact that Islamic State fighters use civilians as "human shields."
"I would do my best, absolute best — I mean one of the problems we have or one of the reasons we're so ineffective, you know, they're trying to, they're using them as shields," Trump said. "It's a horrible thing."
"But we're fighting a very politically correct war," he added. "And the other thing is with the terrorists, you have to take out their families."
"When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families," the Republican front-runner continued. "They care about their lives, don't kid yourself. But they say they don't care about their lives. You have to take out their families."
In the wake of last month's Islamic State attacks in Paris, Trump has increased his rhetoric on Islamic terror. The billionaire businessman also recently said that, as president, he would bring back waterboarding as an interrogation technique.
"I think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they’d do to us, what they’re doing to us, what they did to James Foley when they chopped off his head," Trump said on ABC's "This Week."
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