President Obama should move forward in closing Guantanamo Bay as soon as possible, before Donald Trump sends alleged United States citizens accused of terrorism there.
Donald Trump told the media in a recent interview that he would have alleged American terrorists tried in military tribunes at the United States Navy base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, the Miami Herald reports.
The current federal law states that it is illegal to try Americans at military commissions, according to Salon.
“Well, I know that they want to try them in our regular court systems, and I don’t like that at all,” the presidential candidate said. “I would say they could be tried there, that would be fine.”
In the interview, the presidential candidate also mentioned that he plans to speak with Cuban Americans in Miami about a Cuban policy.
When asked about the Guantanamo Bay detention center in the past, Trump said he would like to “load it up with bad dudes.”
“I want to make sure that if we have radical Islamic terrorists, we have a very safe place to keep them. President Obama is “allowing people to get out that are terrible people,” he said.
In February, Obama announced his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and said the prison helped recruit terrorists, but the proposal was looked down upon in Congress, The New York Times reports.
“I am very clear-eyed about the hurdles to finally closing Guantanamo: The politics of this are tough,” Obama said. “I don’t want to pass this problem on to the next president, whoever it is. And if, as a nation, we don’t deal with this now, when will we deal with it?”
Trump’s plan to send U.S. citizens accused of terrorism to the Cuban detention center is not only unsafe, but also is continues to empty the pockets of taxpayers.
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