The first-term senator was asked if Trump's comments, that "torture works," still rang true.
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Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton defended the use of waterboarding on Wednesday, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the practice would be fairly administered by President-elect Donald Trump if it is necessary.

Blitzer asked the first-term Republican war hawk if the incoming GOP president’s comments earlier in the race, that “torture works,” still rang true.

“Waterboarding isn’t torture. We do waterboarding to our own soldiers in the military. But we’ve done it in the past and radio DJs volunteer for is torture,” Cotton shot back.

“If experienced, intelligence professionals come to the president of the United States and say ‘we think this terrorist has critical information and we need to obtain it, and this is the only way we can obtain it,’ that’s a tough call,” Cotton added. “But the presidency is a tough job and if you’re not willing to make those tough calls, then you shouldn’t seek the office. Donald Trump is a pretty tough guy and he’s ready to make those tough calls.”

Trump has said he would not force the military to violate international laws to get intelligence from U.S. enemies, but his position on procedures such as waterboarding are more lenient than President Obama’s.

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