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Cotton Statement on the Transfer of Guantanamo Bay Detainee Shawqi Awad Balzuhair

December 5, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the transfer of Shawqi Awad Balzuhair from Guantanamo Bay to Cape Verde:

"President Obama is spending his last days in office making America less safe by rushing to fulfill one final campaign promise and release hardened terrorists from Guantanamo Bay. Yesterday's transfer, and any others between now and January 20, 2017, illustrate that President Obama is more concerned with his own legacy than national security. The inmates remaining at Guantanamo are the worst of the worst and need to remain where they are so they cannot return to the battlefield and attack us once again. President Obama should listen to the will of the people and halt any further Guantanamo transfers."