Obama Blames Congress for Guantanamo

November 15, 2016

President Barack Obama says that he’s been unable to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, because of “Congressional restrictions.”

In a news conference Nov. 14 ahead of his final overseas trip as President, Obama said he still would prefer to have Guantanamo inmates transferred to a facility under U.S. jurisdiction, saying, “we’d do it a lot cheaper. And just as safely.”

He hailed efforts to bring down the number of inmates, but with regard to transferring those inmates, he said, “Congress disagrees with me, and I gather the President-elect does as well.”

President-elect Donald Trump has said it would be “fine” to try Americans suspected of terrorism at Guantanamo Bay, if possible, and has raised concern about decreasing the number of inmates.


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