When he ran for president in 2008, President Barack Obama promised to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay and release or relocate all those being held there.
Obama has yet to actually close the detention facility, but he has accelerated the release of prisoners over the past year — and he isn’t finished yet.
President-elect Donald Trump, who campaigned on a promise to be tough on terrorists, took to Twitter Tuesday to denounce Obama’s plan to release more Gitmo prisoners, the U.K. Daily Mail reported.
“There should be no further releases from Gitmo. These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield,” Trump tweeted.
The Obama administration was planning to send 18 more detainees to other countries before Trump takes the oath of office. That would reduce the prison population even more, and potentially release more dangerous terrorists into the world.
Obama has released or transferred dozens of terrorists from Gitmo, a number of whom have rejoined terror organizations fighting around the world.
When Obama was sworn in, there were 242 inmates in Guantanamo. Assuming this latest transfer goes through, there would only be about 40 inmates left in custody, The Hill reported.
Politico noted that Trump was unlikely to close the prison camp. Throughout his campaign, Trump promised to do what needed to be done to terrorists, and at one point said that he would “load (Gitmo) up with some bad dudes.”
The people who are in Gitmo are some of the most deadly terrorists alive — not exactly the sort of people you want to transfer around and potentially release into the world. Hopefully Trump will follow through on his campaign promise and use Gitmo to house terrorists, not try to close it down as a political stunt like Obama has tried to do.
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