This is some grim news coming from Joe Biden’s mouth. Very disappointing to see the world’s worst people be released or reassigned to a lesser punishment.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday he expected the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would close before President Barack Obama leaves office in January.
‘That is my hope and expectation,’ he told a news conference in Sweden.
The White House has been trying to close the facility since Obama took office but has been stymied by opposition in Congress.
The announcement comes after President Obama‘s decision earlier this month to release 15 prisoners from Guantanamo and send them to the United Arab Emirates.
The transfer of 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans marked the single largest release of detainees during the Obama administration.
But the decision was described as ‘reckless’, with GOP lawmakers arguing that it puts national security at risk.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire said in a statement: ‘The unclassified report I secured from the Department of Defense demonstrates that these detainees just released are among the worst terrorists who could jeopardize our national security and the lives of our troops.
‘It is reckless for the administration to continue to release terrorists like these to fulfill a misguided campaign promise to empty and close Guantanamo.’
Donald Trump has said he would be willing to try US citizens at Guantánamo Bay because the country needs a ‘very safe place’ to keep terrorists.
The Republican presidential nominee has previously ruled out closing the Cuban detention facility.
The Pentagon says 61 detainees now remain at Guantanamo, which was opened in January 2002 to hold foreign fighters suspected of links to the Taliban or Al-Qaeda.