White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked point blank by a reporter during Wednesday's press conference about whether President Donald Trump has a credibility problem.
Following is a transcript of the video.
[CHRIS JANSING] You seem to acknowledge that the president was wrong when he tweeted that 122 prisoners released by the Obama administration from Gitmo had returned to the battlefield. In fact, it was mostly by
the Bush administration.
Will he retract, or even apologize for that, given that he also called it a "terrible decision" by the Obama
administration, and given that that was incorrect, that there still has been no proof either of his tweets about widespread voter fraud or the wiretapping, does the president have a credibility problem?
[SEAN SPICER] No. Look, I said yesterday, I think Trey asked the question, that the president meant
the total number of people. And that — hold on — I understand — okay —
[CHRIS JANSING] He said the Obama administration.
[SEAN SPICER] I understand that. I'm actually explaining it. That's the way you asked the question ...
He meant that the total number of people released from Gitmo was 122. What the president —
Just to be clear, there is a big difference, under the Bush administration, most of those were court-ordered.
The Obama administration took great steps, they talked about —
It was a campaign promise, frankly, from day one to close Gitmo. This president's very clear that he understands the nature of the threat that the people in Gitmo pose to our nation, and the recidivism rate that there are among people that we have released.
That is a concern that he shares.
The reason the Bush administration did it was in many cases, they were under court order. The Obama administration made it actually a priority to let people go, and to actively desire to close that camp, and to release more and more of those people, especially in the waning days.
There is a huge contrast between the posture and the policy of the last two administrations onhow they were dealing with Gitmo.
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