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Donald Trump: I'd kill family members of terrorists to beat Isis

Ted Cruz: I'd carpet bomb Isis to see if the sand glows in the dark

Published 16/12/2015

Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump gestures during the Republican Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN, at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP/Getty Images
Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump gestures during the Republican Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN, at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP/Getty Images
Donald Trump, left, in full flow as Ted Cruz looks on during the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas (AP)
Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Carly Fiorna, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump (R) interact on stage at the end of the Republican Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN, at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump is under fire after saying he would 'take out' the families of Isis members.

During Tuesday's Republican debate the presidential candidate was asked: "How would intentionally killing innocent civilians set us apart from Isis?"

“We have to be much tougher, we have to be much stronger than we have been. We have people that know what is going on. You look at the attack in California the other day.

"Numerous people, including the mother that knew what was going on. They saw a pipe bomb sitting all over the floor. They saw ammunition all over the place. They knew exactly what was going on.

"When you had the World Trade Center go, people were put into planes that were friends, family, girlfriends they were put on planes primarily to Saudi Arabia, and they knew what was going on. They went home and wanted to watch their boyfriends on television,” he said.

“I would be very, very firm with families. Frankly, that will make people think because they may not care much about their lives but they do care, believe it or not, about their families lives,” he added.

Trump also said he would enlist the help of Silicon Valley experts to stop terrorists "using our Internet”.

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Senator Rand Paul said that killing families of Isis members would require withdrawing from the Geneva Conventions and that closing the internet would end the First Amendment.

During the debate Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican candidate who has been tipped as Trump's running mate, called for the US to "carpet bomb" Isis territory and find out whether "sand can glow in the dark."

Wolf Blitzer, the CNN anchor moderating the debate, asked: "Would you carpet bomb Raqqah, the Isis capital, where there are a lot of civilians? Yes or no?"

Cruz responded: "You would carpet bomb where Isis is, not a city, but the location of the troops. You use air power directed -- and you have embedded special forces to direction the air power. But the object isn't to level a city. The object is to kill the ISIS terrorists."

Killing the families of terrorists and carpet bombing are both considered to be war crimes under the Geneva Conventions.

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Donald Trump speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Donald Trump speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, gestures during the Republican Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN, at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP/Getty Images
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Meanwhile David Cameron has rejected calls for Trump to be banned from entering the UK.

Instead, the Prime Minister suggested Britain should invite him over because it would "unite us all against him".

During Prime Minister's Questions Labour MP Tulip Siddiq urged Mr Cameron to use anti-extremism legislation to block Mr Trump from visiting the UK.

Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Carly Fiorna, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump (R) interact on stage at the end of the Republican Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN, at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP/Getty Images
Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Carly Fiorna, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump (R) interact on stage at the end of the Republican Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN, at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP/Getty Images

"In our country, we have legislation that stops people entering the country.

"Does the Prime Minister agree that the law should be applied equally to everyone, or should we be making exceptions for billionaire politicians?"

Mr Cameron replied "I think his remarks are divisive, stupid and wrong and I think if he came to visit our country he'd unite us all against him."

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