Three Problems with President Trump's Guantánamo Tweet

Thus, even on the government's own numbers, 92.6% of those detainees "confirmed of reengaging" were released by President Bush, not President Obama. Maybe his suits come in a single piece with a Velcro seam down the back, and Trump just climbs into it every morning like a jumpsuit.

It appears to reference reports from Monday that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee was killed on March 2 by a United States airstrike authorized by Trump at an al-Qaeda outpost in Yemen.

Trump also calls Obama's releasing of detainees a "terrible decision", but the percentage of Obama-released prisoners returning to terrorist activity is lower than Bush-released prisoners.

That story included the claim that '122 prisoners released from Gitmo have returned to the battlefield'. But he's apparently furious with President Trump for his claims that he had Trump Tower wiretapped.

According to the Director of National Intelligence, 113 of the prisoners in question were released during George W. Bush's presidency and only nine were released during Obama's tenure.

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President Donald Trump tweeted on 7 March to criticise former President Obama's administration for releasing 122 prisoners from "Gitmo", a shorthand for the US-run Guantanamo Bay detention centre, who "returned to the battlefield".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried to clarify Trump's tweet during his daily press briefing.

"It is assessed detainee [al Silmi] will engage in extremist activities upon release", the 2008 report states.

Politifact, and the Associated Press Fact Checks, among others, confirm that the claim in the tweet is false.

Also, it's worth noting that the Fox & Friends newsflash had to do with one detainee released by Obama, and, according to the report, this particular detainee was killed in a US airstrike in Yemen this week. Could it be that the words "Barack" and "Obama" now automatically stand for "bad" or "sick" - two words that Trump used on Twitter to describe his predecessor on Saturday?

"The Obama administration made it actually a priority to let people go, and to actively desire to close that camp and to release more and more of those people, especially in the waning days", Spicer said.

  • Larry Hoffman