“This is what I think of the president’s plan to send terrorists to the United States,” Roberts says in the video, before crumpling Obama’s plan up. Courtesy of Sen. Pat Roberts. omorrison@wichitaeagle.com
“This is what I think of the president’s plan to send terrorists to the United States,” Roberts says in the video, before crumpling Obama’s plan up. Courtesy of Sen. Pat Roberts. omorrison@wichitaeagle.com

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Sen. Pat Roberts crumples, throws Obama Gitmo plan in trash (+video)

By Oliver Morrison

omorrison@wichitaeagle.com

February 25, 2016 09:48 AM

UPDATED February 25, 2016 09:50 AM

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts really doesn’t like President Obama’s plan for shutting the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay. He doesn’t like it so much that he posted a video of himself on Twitter crumpling the plan up and throwing it in the trash – twice.

“This is what I think of the president’s plan to send terrorists to the United States,” Roberts says in the video, before crumpling Obama’s plan up. The camera then jump cuts to a ball of paper landing in the trash about a second later.

Most of the posts on Roberts twitter page have just a handful of likes and retweets. But the first video has more than 400 likes and retweets. The video has also been posted on media outlets such as Business Insider and The Hill.

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VIDEO: Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts tosses Obama Gitmo plan into trash

“This is what I think of the president’s plan to send terrorists to the United States,” Roberts says in the video, before crumpling Obama’s plan up. Courtesy of Sen. Pat Roberts.

omorrison@wichitaeagle.com

Closing the camp was a promise Obama made during his campaign in 2007. But Congress passed a law prohibiting the transfer of any of the remaining 91 prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. Some Republican lawmakers, including Sen. John McCain, had asked Obama to submit a plan for what to do by Tuesday, which Obama did.

“When it becomes clear that something is not working as intended when it does not advance our security, we have to change course,” Obama said.“The detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security. It undermines it. It’s counterproductive to our fight against terrorists.”

Although some Republican lawmakers said they would look it over, they criticized the basic concept. "We will review President Obama's plan but since it includes bringing dangerous terrorists to facilities in U.S. communities, he knows that the bipartisan will of Congress has already been expressed against that proposal," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Obama had yet to convince Americans that moving detainees to U.S. soil is "smart or safe."

"It is against the law — and it will stay against the law," Ryan said.

On Roberts’ website there is a longer, more conventional video of him criticizing Obama about his plan.

Contributing: Associated Press

Oliver Morrison: 316-268-6499, @ORMorrison