Mattis visits troops at Guantanamo: report

Mattis visits troops at Guantanamo: report
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Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisThreatening foreign states with sanctions can backfire Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Amazon to challenge Pentagon's 'war cloud' decision in federal court 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 says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 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 shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley Rosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe MORE visited the detention facility in July.