Donald Trump has reiterated his desire for the US military to carry out the intentional killings of terrorists’ families.
In the latest Republican debate, during which much of the world focused on a gag that referred to the size of the Mr Trump's genitalia, the frontrunner said he would endorse the murders.
Taking part in the Fox News GOP debate last night, the billionaire was asked about General Michael Hayden saying that the military would refuse to follow illegal orders such as the intentional killing of terrorists’ families.
Mr Trump said: “They won’t refuse, they’re not going to refuse me — believe me.”
The entrepreneur elaborated with claims that the wives of the 9/11 terrorists knew what was going to happen and fled to Saudi Arabia just before the attacks.
He said: “Well, look. When a man flies into the World Trade Centre and his family get sent back to where they were going – and I think most of you know where they went, and by the way it wasn’t Iraq – but they want back to a certain territory, they knew what was happening.
“The wife knew exactly what was happening. They left two days earlier, with respect to the World Trade Centre, and they went back to where they went.
“And they watched their husband on television flying into the World Trade Centre, flying into the Pentagon and probably trying to fly into the White House except we had some very, very brave souls on that third plane.”
In a GOP debate in December, Mr Trump said that friends, family members and girlfriends of the terrorists “were put into planes and they were sent back, for the most part, to Saudi Arabia. They knew what was going on. They went home and they wanted to watch their boyfriends on television”.
But, according to the 9/11 Commission report, none of the 9/11 hijackers had a wife, girlfriends or family member in America during the days or months leading to the attack.
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