The current congressional spending bill includes retaining a ban on funding on any transfer or release of Guantanamo Bay detainees into the U.S. or its territories.
On the final day of President Obama’s last term, the Pentagon transferred three Guantanamo detainees to the United Arab Emirates, and one detainee was repatriated to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, leaving 41 terror captives in the detention facility.
When Obama took office, there were 242 detainees. The remaining 41 detainees hail from 13 different countries.
There should be no further releases from Gitmo. These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
Congress managed to block Obama’s push to close Gitmo during his eight years in office, and President Trump pledged during his 2016 campaign he would “load it up with some bad dudes” and not release any more detainees.