He’s scrambling, no doubt. Obama intends to secure his legacy any way he can, and he’s still trying to make good on a promise to close GITMO.
While he may not be able to close it completely in the last few weeks left in his administration, He’s going as far as possible.
CNN reported this:
President Barack Obama, in his final month in office, is moving to leave as few prisoners in Guantanamo Bay as possible, notifying Congress that the administration intends to transfer out some of the detainees before Donald Trump is sworn in.
The Gitmo downsizing move could rankle Trump, who pledged during the campaign to keep the prison open and “load it up.”
A congressional official told CNN that they received notice Monday of the White House’s intention to transfer some additional detainees. And, another congressional source said, Congress has been informed that the White House will make notifications of more transfers within the next 24 hours.
The notification comes on the last day possible, as the administration is legally required to provide Congress with 30 days notice prior to transferring any of the on facility’s detainees.
Of the 59 prisoners remaining at Guantanamo, 22 are currently eligible for transfer, according to the Pentagon. Congressional officials would not say exactly how many the administration is seeking to transfer, although one official said it would be fewer than the 22 who are eligible.
Trump promises to keep GITMO open, but he’s got his work cut out for him if he’s going to un-do the Obama sabotage to his agenda.