Lying Liars

Trump Lied About Gitmo This Morning

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

I suppose it was only a matter of time before Trump broached the subject of our prison at Guantanamo Bay, a facility that should not exist anymore.

Trump watched a Fox & Friends report this morning and then proceeded to tweet the following lie:

The truth, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is that the overwhelming majority of detainees who returned to the battlefield were released before President Obama even took office.

According to a September 2016 report from the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, 113 of those 122 detainees who have been confirmed as “re-engaging” were released from Guantanamo Bay under the Bush administration.

Only nine of them were released during the Obama administration.

President Obama tried to close the prison. He signed an executive order to close the prison on his first day in office, but Congress voted to keep the prison open every single year of his presidency. During the early years of his administration, even Congressional Democrats voted to keep the prison open.

I think it's safe to assume Trump will make no effort to close the prison. He may even try to fill it up again.

You can read the DNI report for yourself here.

  • I’m really,really sick of this Gitmo prisoners/ terrorists as super villains trope. But I know it ain’t going away.

  • Christopher Foxx

    You can read the DNI report for yourself here.

    Something you can be sure Trump will never do.

  • Aynwrong

    Exhibit #18,986 of just how impenetrable the right wing bubble really is. They’ll never hear about it and if they did they wouldn’t care.

  • Badgerite

    “trump lied about ______(fill in the blank) this morning.”
    Doesn’t matter the day. Only need to fill in the blank as to what he lied about today.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Heh. That was exactly my thought when I saw the headline, too!

  • Scopedog

    I think it’s safe to assume Trump will make no effort to close the prison. He may even try to fill it up again.

    Yep. Remember the purists whining about how Obama didn’t close Gitmo, and how Hillary was going to keep it open too, which was why they had to go for Stein (and before that, Bernie) and that Trump wasn’t going to be so bad?

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      I remember all of that excel the “Trump wasn’t going to be so bad” bit.

      • Scopedog

        Stein, Sarandon, and idiots like H.A. Goodman were claiming that.

        Goodman still continues to claim that the whole mess with Trump and Russia is a “distraction”….that it’s all part of a DNC plot to take the focus off Senator Sanders’ “revolution”. He even called it the “DNC’s Jedi Mind Trick. No, I did not make that one up.

        • And Sarandon was crowing just last weekend about how Trump is bringing about the revolution. Right around the corner, it is.

          Which corner already? I’m getting dizzy. And there are skinheads behind some of those.