President Obama has said that he will do everything that he can to close down Guantanamo Bay during an interview with CNN.
Earlier this week the president released four Afghan prisoners who had been held in Guantanamo Bay and the new interview shows that President Obama has plans to shut down the entire facility in Cuba.
According to Reuters, President Obama promised to shut the internationally condemned prison when he took office nearly six years ago, saying it was damaging America’s image around the world. But he has been unable to do so, partly because of obstacles posed by the U.S. Congress.
“I’m going to be doing everything I can to close it,” Obama said on CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” programme in an interview taped on Friday.
The president went on to say: “It is something that continues to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world, the fact that these folks are being held.”
He then added in the interview: “It is contrary to our values and it is wildly expensive. We’re spending millions for each individual there. And we have drawn down the population there significantly.”
In the latest step in the gradual push to close the prison, four Afghans held for over a decade at Guantanamo have been sent home, meanwhile the White House has also been improving relations with Cuba as a whole.
President Obama is making sweeping changes during his final two years in office but whether or not he will be able to continue with the changes will have to be seen because the Republicans will be taking over the control of both the houses in January which will make policy changes led by Obama.
The earlier mid term elections saw the Democrats losing many seats but despite the lack of power now held by the Democrats, President Obama still holds his powerful Presidential veto which he can use to push through measures that are being held up by the Republicans.