This morning Donald Trump was apparently watching Fox and Friends who, as they so often do, supply information that is false, taken out of context or misleading. On the show this morning, it was said that 122 prisoners, who were release from Guantanamo, have reengaged in fighting.
After the 6:30 am broadcast, and just after 7 am, Trump tweeted, ”122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision.”
He should have picked up the phone and verified the information with intelligence people. If he had done so, he would have discovered 113 of those prisoners that Fox was speaking of were released by George W Bush Administration, not the Obama Administration.
The television segment did not say all the prisoners reengaged were released by the Obama Administration but they clearly left that impression. Data from the Director of National Intelligence, released last September shows 485 have been released and have not rejoined the fight, 122 have rejoined and another 86 have not been accounted for.
Officials sometime get the facts wrong, but it’s surprising when a president gets the facts wrong because his position gives him access to information others are not privileged to receive.
The fact of the matter is, Trump’s interest in the facts on this issue were secondary to his interest in pandering to his base. He tells his followers what they want to hear, and in this case, he seemingly sought to throw another log on the Obama fire, a fire he set himself over the weekend with a series of tweets accusing Obama of spying on him during the election.
Trump’s actions are irresponsible. His accusations and insinuations are often false. He continues to act like a campaigner when he has won the campaign. His actions are not presidential, they are embarrassing and he should be held accountable for them, just like everyone else. He is not above the law, even though he seems to believe he is.