President Barack Obama says that he has been unable to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, because of “congressional restrictions.”
In a news conference Monday ahead of his final overseas trip as president, Obama said he still would prefer to have Guantánamo inmates transferred to a facility under U.S. jurisdiction, saying, “we’d do it a lot cheaper. And just as safely.”
He hailed efforts to bring down the number of inmates, but with regard to transferring those inmates, he said, “Congress disagrees with me, and I gather the president-elect does as well.”
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President-elect Donald Trump has said it would be “fine” to try Americans suspected of terrorism at Guantánamo Bay, if possible, and has raised concern about decreasing the number of inmates.