Mattis visits troops at Guantanamo: report

Mattis visits troops at Guantanamo: report
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Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisFormer Defense Secretary Mattis testifies in Theranos CEO trial 20 years after 9/11, we've logged successes but the fight continues Defense & National Security — The mental scars of Afghanistan 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. 

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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 TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election 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 SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE visited the detention facility in July.