The Pentagon on Tuesday rejected a renewed call by President-elect Donald Trump to stop releasing detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
"We're going to carry out the appropriate policies set forth by the commander-in-chief," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said at a press conference. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter would continue to follow instructions from President Barack Obama on transferring detainees legally and safely, Cook said. When pressed about Trump's stated intentions, Cook said there is only one commander-in-chief at a time.
Trump had tweeted moments before that "there should be no further releases from Gitmo," using an alternative name for the U.S. Navy base which houses the sprawling detention, courtroom and legal facilities.
"These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield," Trump wrote.