President-elect Donald Trump urged President Obama to hold off on any final transfers from Guantanamo Bay, saying Tuesday that the detainees still being held are “extremely dangerous people.”
The administration has signaled it is trying to transfer nearly 20 of the remaining detainees before Mr. Obama leaves office, making as much headway as possible on the president’s 2008 campaign promise to shutter the prison.
“There should be no further releases from Gitmo,” Mr. Trump said in a Twitter post. “These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield.”
That sentiment is in keeping with Mr. Trump’s stance during the campaign, where he went to communities that Mr. Obama was eyeing as landing spots for detainees, and vowed to fight transfers.
Federal law prohibits any detainees being brought to the U.S. It allows them to be shipped to other countries willing to take them — but imposes tight restrictions.
Mr. Obama has ignored those restrictions in at least one instance, swapping a handful of detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without giving Congress a heads-up.