As Sanders Praises Obama Gitmo Plan, Clinton Stays Silent

October 5, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

Bernie Sanders on Tuesday praised President Barack Obama’s proposal to close Guantánamo Bay, noting in a statement that he has supported closing the U.S. military prison in Cuba for years—unlike Hillary Clinton, his rival for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

“I am encouraged to see that the president is sending Congress a plan to shut down the Guantánamo Bay prison. As I have said for years, the prison at Guantánamo must be closed as quickly as possible,” Sanders said Tuesday. “Others, including my opponent, have not always agreed with me.”

Sanders noted that he was one of three senators who in 2007 voted against a measure that would prohibit the transferring of Guantánamo detainees to prisons in the U.S., while Clinton supported keeping the detention center open.