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Sen. Tom Cotton warned the president on Tuesday that transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S. would be bad for both national security and the prisoners themselves.

The Arkansas Republican said detainees at a military prison in Cuba have access to specialized medical care, up to 12 hours of recreation a day, academic classes and religious services. It's a much better quality of life than they would see in a supermax prison in the U.S.

"Their relatively cushy treatment would likely be much more circumscribed," Cotton, a former Army infantry officer, said during an event at the Heritage Foundation.

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