31 Jan '18, 12pm

Gitmo to Stay Open and Take in More Prisoners: Trump

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to keep the detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay , Cuba, naval base open to take in more prisoners captured abroad, if Congress approves. Trump said he directed Defense Secretary to carry out the new policy on "Gitmo" just before he delivered his State of the Union address . Former President Barack Obama tried for eight years to live up to a campaign promise to close Guantanamo and try those held there in U.S. courts but he was blocked by Congress. In his address, Trump said he was keeping his own campaign promise. "I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay." "I am also asking the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and al-Qaida, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists...

Full article: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/01/30/gitmo-stay...

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