President Obama is still determined to close Guantanamo

Published January 12th, 2016 - 10:25 GMT
The US president will make good on his promise to close the naval prison at Guantanamo Bay, according to the White House chief of staff. (Twitter)
The US president will make good on his promise to close the naval prison at Guantanamo Bay, according to the White House chief of staff. (Twitter)

Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, has said that President Obama will close the naval prison at Guantanamo Bay. Obama’s promise to do so played a key role in his 2008 election campaign, however he has so far failed to make good on that pledge. The prison has controversially held foreign terrorism suspects since the 2001 September 11 attacks.

"He feels an obligation to the next president. He will fix this so that they don't have to be confronted with the same set of challenges," McDonough said in an interview on Fox News Sunday.

The president will present a plan to congress detailing how to close the facility, with the proposal needing approved. McDonough said that if congress does not act, then the White House would have to determine how to move forward, leading to some speculation that Obama may use executive action.

There are currently 104 detainees still being held at the prison, according to Reuters. Congress has banned detainees from being transferred to the US, but the administration has expressed a desire to bring some prisoners to the US for reasons of national security.

Earlier this week, protesters gathered outside the White House demanding the closure of Guantanamo Bay.


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