Mattis visits troops at Guantanamo: report

Mattis visits troops at Guantanamo: report
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Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Top US general: Trump wrong on Syria pullout, ISIS defeat 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 TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery 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 SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war McCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' MORE visited the detention facility in July.