U.S. President Donald Trump, asked about the practice of waterboarding as an intelligence-gathering tool, said: "Absolutely I feel it works", but added he would defer to his Cabinet on whether to use it.
"I can't imagine that I would be asked that by the president-elect or then president", he said.
In an interview with ABC News, Mr Trump said he would wage war against Islamic State militants with the singular goal of keeping the USA safe.
Newly-appointed CIA director Mike Pompeo, who previously said he was for using torture methods, told Mr McCain that he would "comply with the law that applies the Army Field Manual's interrogation requirements to all USA agencies". I want to do everything within the bounds of what you're allowed to do legally.
A three-page draft of the order is titled "Detention and Interrogation of Enemy Combatants" and could also scale back some of the restrictions President Barack Obama put in place following the creation of the overseas prisons under George W. Bush's Administration in the years following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in NY and Washington, D.C., according to a copy of the draft obtained by the Times.
The White House didn't immediately respond to questions from Mother Jones about the draft order. "Now, with that being said, I'm going with Gen. Mattis".
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McCain noted the assurances from Mattis and Pompeo and said, "I am confident these leaders will be true to their word".
By reinstating enhanced interrogation, Trump would violate a USA law ratified by the Senate in 2015 and go against the view of Defense Secretary James Mattis. He said - I was surprised - he said, 'I've never found it to be useful.' He said, 'I've always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.' And I was very impressed by that answer.
The alleged draft order, which would end a pair of President Obama's executive orders from 2009, reportedly aims to bring back to life a 2007 order from President George W. Bush centered on war crimes.
The Defense Department declined to comment on the leaked draft, referencing White House spokesman Sean Spicer's comments Wednesday morning that it is "not a White House document, I have no idea where it came from".
"Experience has shown that obtaining critical intelligence information is vital to taking determined offensive action, including military action, against those groups that make war on us and are actively plotting further attacks", reads an explanatory statement of the draft order published by The Washington Post.
Whether or not it's real, the document drew wide condemnation from members of Congress, signaling that a backlash could occur if Trump does endorse the order. Sen.