President Obama on Tuesday rolled out his plan to close the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, calling on Congress to put aside partisan divisions over the controversial facility.
“I am absolutely committed to closing the detention facility at Guantánamo,” said Obama, who was flanked by Vice President Biden and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. “I am going to continue to make the case for doing so as long as I hold this office.”
“When it becomes clear that something is not working as intended when it does not advance our security, we have to change course,” Obama said.
“The detention facility at Guantánamo Bay does not advance our national security. It undermines it. It’s counterproductive to our fight against terrorists.”
It’s a last-ditch effort to shutter the facility, a goal he announced on his first day in office but thus far has failed to accomplish.