President Donald Trump sent every terrorist in the world a message Tuesday night by vowing to keep the Naval base at Guantanamo Bay open as a terrorist detention center.
“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,” POTUS told the room. “So today, I am keeping another promise. I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay.”
“I am also asking the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and al-Qa’ida, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists — wherever we chase them down.”
During the speech, the White House announced that Trump has signed an executive order revoking President Barack Obama’s 2009 order to close the Guantanamo Bay facility.
“The detention operations at the U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay are legal, safe, humane, and conducted consistent with United States and international law,” the order reads.