Politics

Trump Blames Obama For Guantanamo Bay Terrorists

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Following accusations that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones, President Donald Trump is now attacking Obama's actions with Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

Trump tweeted: "122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!" 

According to USA Today, 90 percent of those detainees were released while President George W. Bush was in office, not during Obama's tenure.

Trump's tweet may have been in response to a report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that said 122 Guantanamo Bay detainees have returned to the battlefield. But only nine of them were released after 2009 when Obama was president.

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While Obama was in office, he tried unsuccessfully to close down Guantanamo Bay, saying its existence gives jihadists a way to recruit new fighters.

Trump previously used Twitter to accuse Obama of wiretapping his phones during the presidential campaign. 

"How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!" he wrote.

That tweet may have been prompted by the ongoing investigation over Trump's alleged ties with Russia.

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"I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!" another tweet by Trump read.

No evidence has been provided to support Trump's comments that his phones were tapped by the Obama administration.

The Guantanamo Bay remark occurred just before Trump tweeted support for the proposed House health care bill, the American Health Care Act, which would replace the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.

"Our wonderful new Healthcare Bill is now out for review and negotiation. ObamaCare is a complete and total disaster - is imploding fast!" Trump wrote.

Trump also said lower prescription drug prices will be coming.

"I am working on a new system where there will be competition in the Drug Industry. Pricing for the American people will come way down!" he tweeted.

CNN Money notes that the potential ACA replacement lifts the taxes that the health insurance act had imposed on the wealthy, insurers and prescription drug manufacturers.

Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, said the plan will result in fewer people having health care coverage.

"With Medicaid reductions and smaller tax credits, this bill would clearly result in fewer people insured than under the ACA," he said. "The House GOP proposal seeks to reduce what the federal government spends on health care, and that inevitably means more people uninsured."

Sources: Donald Trump/Twitter (2, 3, 4), USA Today, CNN Money / Photo credit: Jim Mattis/Flickr

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