Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: Obama Couldn’t Be Doing a Better Job at Hurting U.S. National Security Interests, Even If He Tried

Feb 23, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after President Obama announced his plans to close Guantanamo Bay prison:

“Once again, President Obama has put ideology over America's national security. The return of the base at Guantanamo Bay is at the top of the Castro regime’s wish list. I am concerned that closing the detention facility is the first step toward providing yet another major, unwarranted concession to a dictatorship and in contravention of U.S. law and interests. The law could not be any clearer - it is illegal to both move the detainees to the United States and return the land to the regime without Congressional approval.

“If this President was purposely trying to hurt our national security interests, he couldn't be doing a better job. As he has appeased the mullahs in Iran, Maduro and his thugs in Venezuela, and Putin in Russia, he is putting our national security at risk for the sake of creating a legacy. The only legacy he is leaving behind is weakening our leverage with our enemies and opposing our allies.”