White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday acknowledged that President Trump erroneously blamed the Obama administration for releasing 122 “vicious” prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
Early Tuesday, Trump accused former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Senate Democrats ding Biden energy proposal Business coalition aims to provide jobs to Afghan refugees MORE of releasing 122 captured terrorists back onto the battlefield.
122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2017
However, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence says that 113 of the 122 former detainees who have taken up arms again were released before Obama took office.
“Obviously the president meant in totality, the number that had been released on the battlefield — that have been released from Gitmo since individuals have been released,” Spicer told reporters on Tuesday. “That is correct.”