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Trump and Guantanamo Bay

A guard watches over detainees in the exercise yard at the Camp Five detention facility on Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base. Photo: Brennan Linsley / AP

President Trump said on Thursday that he would "love to" send Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbekistan native and U.S. green card holder accused of killing eight people in New York City, to Guantánamo Bay, "but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system." Trump added that he'd prefer the death penalty, and wanted the process to move fast.

Why it matters: Guantánamo (otherwise known as Gitmo) was created as a detention center for enemy combatants after 9/11, and Sarah Sanders said in a Wednesday press briefing that Trump does consider Saipov an enemy combatant. The label would allow for him to be interrogated without a lawyer present, per NBC. However, the Justice Department has charged him in federal civilian court.