McDonough: We Are Going to Close Gitmo One Way or Another

‘We ought to make sure that we’re in a position to close that facility because it strengthens us when we close it’

McDONOUGH: But let me be clear, the president has said from the beginning of this administration that we will close Gitmo because it’s bad for our national security and because it’s too costly. $4 million per year per detainee in that facility. That’s a travesty. We ought to make sure that we’re in a position to close that facility because it strengthens us when we close it. That’s what the president will do. He feels an obligation to his successor to close that. And that’s why we’re going to do it.

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