Obama expected to announce Gitmo closure plan later in the morning

Obama expected to announce Gitmo closure plan later in the morning

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President Obama will make a statement from the White House Tuesday morning at 10:30 am Eastern on the expected outline to close Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba

President Barack Obama will make a statement from the White House Tuesday morning at 10:30 am Eastern on the expected outline to close Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba.

In November, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included a measure preventing the administration to use funds to move any detainees onto U.S. soil. The NDAA included an deadline date plan by Feb. 23, Tuesday.

On Monday, DOD spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters from the Pentagon that “we’re going to continue to transfer detainees to other countries who agree to take them, and take steps to ensure that the threat they pose to the U.S. is limited.”

When Obama ran for president in 2008, closing the controversial detention facility became a landmark campaign promise that appears could finally be fulfilled in his remaining year in office.

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