Obama Vows to Move Ahead with Gitmo Transfers Despite Trump’s Opposition
The White House soon fired back after incoming President-elect Donald Trump urged a halt in the transfer of detainees from the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, vowing to move ahead with its plan to liberate more prisoners in the fewer than 20 days President Barack Obama has left in office.
Obama revealed last month that he would reduce the population of Guantánamo, also known as Gitmo, by 19 to 40, a plan that the White House suggests he intends to keep.
Of the 59 prisoners still held by the military, nearly half (27) are considered “forever prisoners,” or too dangerous to release, and 22 have been cleared for release by Obama’s multi-agency parole-style board known as the Periodic Review Board (PRB). The PRB has made the decision in the past to transfer out prisoners who had already been designated too dangerous to liberate. – READ MORE