Trump Says No More Guantanamo Detainees to Be Released

تم نشره في Wed 4 January / Jan 2017. 01:00 AM
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WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump late Tuesday called for the end of all detainee releases from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Trump said in a tweet that those who remain are "extremely dangerous people" who "should not be allowed back onto the battlefield." The statement came as the Obama administration is preparing to release more detainees from the facility before the president leaves office.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest declined to discuss whether the administration is preparing to release any additional detainees, but he and other US officials said Trump’s statement won’t change the current administration’s plans.

"There is one commander in chief at a time, and the secretary of defence will continue to carry out his responsibilities as he sees appropriate," said Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook.

President Barack Obama said the prison located on a US naval base in Cuba is too costly and serves as a recruitment tool for terrorist organizations. He’s said he’s frustrated that he’s been unable to close the camp, which he pledged to do before taking office.

Obama offered a plan to close the prison in February, but members of Congress have objected to the possibility of moving the remaining prisoners, including some who allegedly plotted the September 11 terrorist attacks, to military bases or high-security prisons in the lawmakers’ home states.

In late December, Obama said he would continue to transfer prisoners until his final day in office and criticized a provision in legislation funding the military that restricts his ability to close the facility.