U.S. President Barack Obama says he is confident that the fate of Guantanamo Bay detainees can be decided in either military or federal courts, in a way that is respectful of due process and rule of law.
Mr. Obama made the remark in an interview with U.S. television network C-Span. He said his Thursday speech about security issues was meant to put into context his plans to wage an aggressive battle against al-Qaida while upholding the nation's principles.
On economic matters, Mr. Obama said reform of the government health care programs Medicare and Medicaid is the key to driving down the nation's long-term debt.
And he reiterated his defense of government aid for the banking and automotive industries, saying failure to support them would have led to broader economic problems for the country as a whole.