Trump Says Americans Could Be Tried, Held in Guantanamo

This would be a major overhaul of existing policy.

ByMeghan Keneally
August 12, 2016, 10:01 AM

— -- Donald Trump expressed his support for sending U.S. citizens accused of terrorism to the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Republican presidential nominee said that he would be "fine" with holding trials for certain accused Americans in the controversial military prison.

"I want to make sure that if we have radical Islamic terrorists, we have a very safe place to keep them," Trump told The Miami Herald.

He also suggested that he would condone putting U.S. citizens on trial in Guantanamo Bay.

American citizens cannot be tried in military tribunals according to current federal law.

"I would say they could be tried there, that would be fine," he told the Florida paper.

In a photo provided by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Military Police guard Taliban and al Qaeda detainees on Jan. 11, 2002 in a holding area at Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during in-processing to the temporary detention facility.
In a photo provided by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Military Police guard Taliban and al Qaeda detainees in orange jumpsuits on Jan. 11, 2002 in a holding area at Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during in-processing to the temporary detention facility.
Petty Officer 1st class Shane T. McCoy/U.S. Navy/Getty Images

The military prison in Cuba has been a debatable flashpoint since it was established in 2002 in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Guantanamo Bay was a major campaign point for President Obama, but he has struggled to find a way to permanently close the facility before he leaves the White House.

The secrecy surrounding the facility has allowed some prisoners to remain detained for years without charges.

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