Trump planning to sign executive order keeping Gitmo open: report

Trump planning to sign executive order keeping Gitmo open: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE plans to sign an executive order that would keep the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, open, according to a leaked document obtained by Politico.

Trump will reportedly announce his plans in the days ahead of or during his State of the Union speech.


The order will be largely symbolic in nature, as President Obama was never able to transfer the last of Guantanamo Bay's prisoners and close the prison during his last term in office. But the former president did oversee the transfer of 200 prisoners from the island, which now holds 41 detainees.

The leaked document, a draft State Department cable planned to be sent to U.S. embassies around the globe, states that there are no plans to expand the prison's population at the current time.

"At this time, we are not aware of any plans to bring additional detainees to Guantanamo Bay," the cable says.

But Trump has signaled his support for the prison and its use in the past, saying in February 2016 that he wanted to “load it up with bad dudes.” 

Last year, Trump said he would consider sending terror suspects who are accused of committing their crimes on U.S. soil to the prison.

“I would certainly consider that, yes," Trump said of 29-year-old Manhattan terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov. "Send him to Gitmo.”

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE said last year he saw "no problem" with sending more detainees to the island facility.

“There’s plenty of space,” he said. “We are well equipped for it. It’s a perfect place for it. Eventually, this will be decided by the military rather than the Justice Department. But I see no legal problem whatsoever with doing that.”