WASHINGTON (CNN) - Michael Steele blasted President Obama's national security speech Thursday, accusing the president of jeopardizing national security by wanting to shutter the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay.
"It's astonishing that the day after we learned one in seven terrorists who have been freed returned to terrorism, President Obama gave a speech in which he is still promising to close down GITMO," Steele said in a statement provided to CNN. "Putting these terrorists on American soil is dangerous, naïve and a threat to America's national security."
"President Obama needs to stop repeatedly passing the buck by blaming the Bush administration, which kept America safe for the last eight years," he said. "By continuing to promise the closure of GITMO and allowing terrorists into the United States, President Obama is demonstrating irresponsibility at the highest level."