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Cotton Statement on the Transfer of Fifteen Inmates from Guantanamo Bay

August 16, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the transfer of 15 inmates from Guantanamo Bay:

"As the president makes a reckless dash to secure his so-called legacy, we should remember that not every legacy is positive. Each release of a detainee lets another terrorist return to the battlefield and increases the danger to every American. Thanks to the hard-work of my colleague Senator Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire) the American public can now see for themselves the terrorist activities of these 15 men that led to their detention in the first place. They are hardened terrorists who wished-and still wish-to do us harm. History will not remember President Obama for enhancing our national security-it'll remember him for severely and needlessly weakening it."