Obama To Close Guantanamo Bay Before End Of Presidency

| by Sean Kelly
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President Barack Obama reportedly plans to make good on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility before his presidency ends, chief of staff Denis McDonough said.

McDonough revealed during an interview on Fox News on Jan. 10 that the president will present a plan to Congress addressing steps to close the facility. If Congress doesn’t approve his plan, Obama and his administration will determine the next steps to take.

“He feels an obligation to the next president," McDonough said. "He will fix this so that they don't have to be confronted with the same set of challenges." 

Republicans have expressed concern that Obama will use executive orders to close Guantanamo Bay -- just as he did with immigration and gun control issues.

McDonough would not address whether Obama would take that route or not.

“I’m not an ‘if when’ guy,” McDonough explained.

“I said we’re going to close it," he added. "[Obama] just said he’s going to present a plan to Congress to do that.”

Sources: Reuters, Fox News / Photo credit: Daniel Borman/Flickr, The U.S. Army/Flickr