Mattis visits troops at Guantanamo: report

Mattis visits troops at Guantanamo: report
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Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: First Gitmo transfer under Trump could happen 'soon' | White House says Trump has confidence in VA chief | Russia concedes 'dozens' of civilians injured in Syria clash Pentagon: First Gitmo transfer under Trump could happen 'soon' Russia concedes 'dozens' of citizens injured in clash with US forces in Syria MORE, on Thursday, met with troops at the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, according to The Associated Press

Mattis became the first Defense chief since 2002 to take a trip to Guantánamo. He did not tour the detention facility there or discuss the Trump administration's policies regarding its detainees, the AP reported. 

The prison at Guantánamo has been used to hold suspected terrorists, and 41 detainees are currently held at the facility. Ten of those detainees have been charged by a military commission, according to the AP, and five have been cleared to leave. 


The Trump administration has not released any detainees from the prison or cleared any others to leave.

Former President Obama vowed to close the facility and transfer remaining detainees to the U.S. mainland, but was blocked by Congress. The Obama administration, though, sharply reduced the number of inmates from 242 to 41.

On the campaign trail, 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 said he intended to leave the prison open, and suggested he would increase the number of detainees held at the facility. 

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 visited the detention facility in July.