On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump vowed that he would fill up Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with “bad dudes,” and undo former President Barack Obama’s efforts to close down the camp.
Since being sworn into office, Trump hasn’t given any public indications about what he plans to do. However, in a recent development, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats visited Gitmo, the U.K. Daily Mail reported.
Sessions and Rosenstein visited the terrorist prison camp on Friday in order to get “up-to-date” with what has been going on there and to re-familirize themselves with the facility, according to the Daily Mail.
“Recent attacks in Europe and elsewhere confirm that the threat to our nation is immediate and real, and it remains essential that we use every lawful tool available to prevent as many attacks as possible,” Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said, according to the Daily Mail.
The Hill noted that, technically, Gitmo is still operating under the executive order of Obama that called for the facility to be shut down. It is unclear if this visit if the first step that the Trump administration is taking to rescind that order and get Gitmo back to full capacity, or if this was simply a routine visit by the attorney general.
While there were rumors Trump would sign an executive order regarding Gitmo immediately after taking office, no such order has been publicly signed.
CNN reported that Sessions last visited the facility in 2005, as an Alabama senator, and has been a vocal supporter of keeping it open ever since. Currently there are only 41 prisoners left in Gitmo. It’s peak prisoner population was 684 in June, 2003, according to CNN.
Hopefully, this move means that the Trump administration is preparing to follow through on its promise. As the Islamic State terror group falls, undoubtedly American forces on the ground will capture a number of terrorists.
These terrorists shouldn’t be brought to American soil, but should be held in a place like Gitmo where there is no chance of them hurting anyone for a very long time.
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