“I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay.”
The Guantánamo Bay is for the ‘worst of the worst”. The prison camp is located on the tip of Cuba, and was established after the 9/11 attacks.
“Terrorists who do things like place bombs in civilian hospitals are evil. When possible, we annihilate them. When necessary, we must be able to detain and question them,” Trump continues. “But we must be clear: Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants. And when captured overseas, they should be treated like terrorists.”
“In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield…including the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi”, says Donald Trump.
“So today I am keeping another promise”, Trump says. “I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay.”
However, on February 23, 2017, Barack Obama said at his State of the Union Address that he wanted to close Guantánamo Bay detention facilities within the next year.
“For many years, it has been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security—it undermines it. It’s counterproductive to our fight against terrorists, who use it as propaganda in their efforts to recruit. It drains military resources, with nearly $450 million spent last year alone to keep it running and more than $200 million in additional costs needed to keep it open going forward. Guantanamo harms our partnerships with allies and other countries whose cooperation we need against terrorism.”