Domestic issues dominated Barack Obama’s last day in China.
Forced to defend the US government’s decision to move five September 11th conspirators from Guantanamo Bay to New York for trial, the US president said people’s concerns would disappear once the verdict is reached. “I don’t think it will be offensive at all when he’s convicted (Khalid Sheikh Mohammed) and when the death penalty is applied to him.” He then backtracked, saying, “What I said was people will not be offended if that’s outcome. I’m not prejudging them. What I’m absolutely clear is that I have complete confidence in the American people and our legal traditions.” Critics say Manhattan’s criminal courts are ill-equipped and could become targets when Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks goes on trial. But the fate of Guantanamo’s other detainees remains uncertain with Obama admitting that the US will miss next January’s deadline to close the jail.