Trump signs order to keep Guantanamo detention center open

Updated: 10:49 GMT, Jan 31, 2018 | Published: 10:49 GMT, Jan 31, 2018 |

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday (January 30) that he signed an order to keep open the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which his predecessor, Barack Obama, unsuccessfully tried to close.

“I just signed, prior to walking in, an order directing (Defense) Secretary (Jim) Mattis … to re-examine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities in GuantanamoBay,” Trump said in his State of the Union speech.

The prison, which was opened by President George W. Bush to hold terrorism suspects captured overseas after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks came to symbolize harsh detention practices that opened the United States to accusations of torture.

Trump asked Congress earlier this year for funds to upgrade the jail, having said during his electoral campaign that he wanted to “load it up with some bad dudes”.

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