President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning claimed Barack Obama’s administration released “122 vicious prisoners” from the Guantanamo Bay military prison.
“122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!” Trump tweeted.
The timing of Trump’s tweet suggested it was inspired by a “Fox & Friends” segment Tuesday morning reporting on a US airstrike in Yemen that killed former Guantanamo detainee Yasir al Silmi.
The President got it wrong.
As NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander pointed out on Twitter, a report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence indicates that 113 of the 122 former Guantanamo detainees cited by Trump were released under President George W. Bush, compared with only nine under Obama.