W.H.: Gitmo ‘Does Significant Damage to Our National Security’

‘That’s why people like president George W. Bush, and other senior officials in the Bush administration … do agree that closing prison at Guantanamo Bay is a good move because it makes us safer and saves taxpayer money’

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UNKNOWN REPORTER: “Josh, I’m sorry if you have already said this before but on closing Gitmo, you’ve said that a certain number of prisoners could not be released. What is the administration envisioning for them? Would they go to like super max? Would they go to a domestic military base? What would happen to them?”
EARNEST: “Well, this is a question that is being considered by the Department of Defense. What we know right now is that continuing to house those individuals at the prison in Guantanamo Bay is prohibitively expensive, and does significant damage to our national security. That’s why the president is not the only national security expert to conclude that the prison at Guantanamo Bay should be closed. That’s why people like President George W. Bush, and other senior officials in the Bush administration, who often don’t agree with leaders in this administration, about foreign policy issues, but in this case they do agree that closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay is the right move because it makes us safer and it saves taxpayer money.”

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