During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump said of Guantanamo Bay that he might want to "load it up with bad dudes". Why didn't the Obama administration manage to close Guantanamo as it had initially hoped? After Trump's election, can we realistically expect the prison to close at some point in the near future? FRANCE 24 puts these questions to President Obama’s Special Envoy for Guantanamo closure, Ambassador Lee Wolosky.
"The logic of closing [Guantanamo] is quite clear. It’s out in the middle of the Caribbean. Everything that needs to be brought there – food, medical care – needs to be brought at great expense to the US taxpayer to this offshore location. And it just does not make any sense to continue to maintain it. And I’m not even talking about the propaganda value; I’m just talking about the pure economics of running a facility way out there at the cost and at the inconvenience that is required”, Wolosky told FRANCE 24’s Philip Crowther.