US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep Guantanamo Bay military prison open. He announced the move in his State of the Union address.
The decision reverses which of former President Barack Obama, who had said he wanted to close the controversial site “as soon as practicable”. The facility in Cuba has been used since the 9/11 attacks to detain what Washington calls “enemy combatants”, however only 41 prisoners remain there.
Hundreds were transferred away by the facility during the Obama era. A White House statement confirmed the order had been signed to resist the detention facility’s closure, along with affirmed the administration’s right to detain enemy combatants when necessary.
“Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants. along with when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are,” Trump said during Tuesday’s speech.
“inside the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of dangerous terrorists only to meet them again on the battlefield,” he added, giving as an example the Islamic State group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was held in US custody in Iraq.
During the primetime address, the Republican leader also said he was “extending an open hand” to Democrats to work together.
In an upbeat message a world away by his apocalyptic “American carnage” inaugural speech of last year, Trump said his administration was “building a safe, strong along with proud America”. -BBC
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