Business Insider/Reuters: Trump says it’s ‘crazy’ how much it costs to keep the prison at Guantanamo Bay open
* President Donald Trump criticized the cost of keeping open the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, which amounted to more than $540 million in 2018.
* Trump said his administration was studying the issue, but his remarks may have just been an attempt to needle President Barack Obama, who pledge to close the prison but couldn’t overcome congressional opposition.
ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – President Donald Trump expressed unhappiness on Wednesday with the cost of keeping open a controversial prison at the US military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and said his administration was studying the issue.
Trump, a Republican who has previously argued that the prison should stay open, declined to say what he would like to happen with the facility now.
“It costs a fortune to operate it, and I think it’s crazy,” the president told reporters on Air Force One.
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WNU Editor: There are currently 40 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay
The Cost of Running Guantánamo Bay: $13 Million Per Prisoner — New York Times
Trump says cost of running Guantánamo is ‘crazy’ — The Hill
Trump says he’s looking at options for Guantanamo Bay prison — Straits Times/Bloomberg
Guantánamo Has Cost Billions; Whistleblower Alleges ‘Gross’ Waste — NPR
Guantanamo Bay only has 40 prisoners left. They cost half a billion dollars a year — Task & Purpose
Why the cost of holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay keeps rising — PBS