Trump ‘Fine’ With Trying American Citizens At Guantanamo Bay

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Donald Trump on Thursday said he was willing to try American citizens in military courts at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

“Well, I know that they want to try them in our regular court systems, and I don’t like that at all. I don’t like that at all,” Trump told the Miami Herald when asked if he would want the military tribunals at Guantanamo to try U.S. citizens. “I would say they could be tried there, that would be fine.”

It is not currently legal for the United States to try Americans in military tribunals, and doing so would require Congress changing the law.

Trump also indicated that he would like to bring more foreign terrorists to the detention center, even though the Obama administration has been working for years to close Guantanamo.

“I want to make sure that if we have radical Islamic terrorists, we have a very safe place to keep them,” Trump told the Miami Herald. “He is allowing people to get out that are terrible people. He is allowing a lot of people out of Guantanamo that should not be released.”

During the interview, the Republican nominee also expressed skepticism that climate change is real.

“I’m not a big believer in man-made climate change,” he said. “There could be some impact, but I don’t believe it’s a devastating impact.”

“Certainly climate has changed,” Trump continued. “The problem we have is our businesses are suffering. Our businesses are unable to compete in this country because other countries aren’t being forced to do what our businesses are being forced to do, and it makes us uncompetitive.”

Watch part of the interview via the Miami Herald:

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  1. Today in white privilege: nominee for POTUS doesn’t know isn about ish, but the media treats him as a serious individual

  2. Now that the polling is predicting his loss, Drumpf seems to want to make sure he has the YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGEST loss in history.

  3. Laws are for LOSERS.

    Except, of course, for my laws. Which will be the best laws, the most lawly laws, because I know everything about laws.

  4. Perhaps arrangements could be made to move his umpteen upcoming trails to the sunny isle. He has said that if he loses he was going to take a long vacation and, frankly, I can’t think of a better venue for his prolonged R&R. Moreover, I think he’d fit in bigly, look tremendous in orange. Very classy.

  5. Avatar for jw1 jw1 says:

    Apparently the letter from 70 GOPers–
    to turn off the money-spigot–
    was enough to get Cheesus’ attention.
    He hasn’t insulted anyone in-- what-- almost 36 hours?


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