President Trump appears to be all hands on deck when it comes to dismantling President Obama’s presidential legacy, as he considers his options over how he will repeal and replace Obamacare, roll back burdensome taxes and regulations, as well as keeping the naval prison on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba open.
Remember, Obama pledged to close down GITMO when he first ran for president in 2008. Eight years later, Obama did manage to diminished the amount of detainees being held at the prison, but ultimately failed to shut down the facility all-together.
Trump recently stated that he would be keeping the GITMO open and fill it with more “bad dudes” that look to harm American interests abroad.
I would keep it, and I would not close it. I would use it, and I would use it well.-President Donald Trump, Shark Tank interview
In August of 2015, then-candidate Donald Trump told the Shark Tank that he was also in favor of using all forms of advanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding.
Now 11 US senators have penned a letter to Trump asking him follow through with his campaign promise and keep the prison open. Four of those senators represent states that Obama considered sending 41 detainees to be housed in. (Miami Herald)
Sen. John Boozeman
Sen. Tom Cotton
Sen. Jerry Moran
Sen. Steve Daines
Sen. Thom Tillis
Sen. James Inhofe
Sen. Tim Scott
Sen. Orrin Hatch
Even though he wasn’t one of the authors of that letter to President Trump, Florida Senator Marco Rubio echoed his colleagues concerns. Rubio told the Shark Tank that he agreed with President Trump, saying that the US “should keep GITMO open” and that captured foreign “enemy combatants” needed to be transported to the naval prison.