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Biden expects Gitmo will close before Obama leaves office

Biden expects Gitmo will close before Obama leaves office

Mark Hensch | The Hill

Vice President Joe Biden says he expects the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay to close before President Obama leaves office in January.

“That is my hope and expectation,” he said Thursday during a news conference in Sweden, according to Reuters.

Obama has repeatedly promised to close the controversial facility in Cuba, but opposition from Congress has repeatedly blocked his attempts, leaving the detainees' fate unclear.

The Department of Defense (DOD) announced earlier this month it was transferring 15 detainees to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

The transfer, the DOD’s largest so far, reduced the prisoner population at Guantanamo Bay to 61 detainees.

Donald Trump, meanwhile, said earlier this month that he would keep the facility open if he wins the presidential election.

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